We hope that this will be the beginning of many more stories together in the future#go green 💚
This week is conservation week in New Zealand, and our High Commissioner Georgina Roberts was thrilled to meet representatives from the Baru Conservation Alliance Tommy Esau, Esau Kekeubata, Dorothy Esau, and Maasafi Alabai yesterday in Auki and learn about their work.
The Alliance are working in four tribal areas in East Kwaio, looking to maintain their forests, support good health, transmit indigenous knowledge, and improve food security. We heard about the history of the area, their work to map and document the land, and engage across their communities to improve well-being.
Through the foundation of their whakapapa, whanau, and mātauranga of their tribal area/rohe, and aiming to sustain links between people and the land/whenua, the Alliance’s approach resonated greatly with us as something that shares many of the cultural customs of Te Ao Māori. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou!