Computer decision support to aid sustainable customary use of taonga species

Funding Body Ng?Pae o te M?ramatanga
Total Contract Value $250,000
Start Date July 2010
End Date
June 2012
Principal Investigator(s)
Corey Bragg
Subcontractors Landcare Research


Environmental sustainability

Brief Abstract

In this project, Rakiura M?ori muttonbirders and researchers are collaborating to build and test a computer-based decision support package to allow individual kaitiaki to choose optimal harvesting strategies on their own wh?nau?s ancestral birding ground. The project will test whether or not the tool builds understanding of consequences of current harvesting levels for their mokopuna?s harvesting opportunities, and will measure whether it changes both intended and observed harvesting behaviour. The ability of science and computer tools to be integrated into m?tauranga and traditional harvest management will also be assessed. The prototype model will be shared with other iwi for guiding other customary harvests of taonga species.