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Te ohu mo Papatuanuku: contaminated site toolkit for community use

18 months
Approved budget:
Ms Tracey Godfery
Health issue:
Environmental health
Proposal type:
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Project Grant
Lay summary
The Te Ohu Mo Papatuanuku collaboration aims to assist tangata whenua within the Ngati Awa rohe to address contamination issues on their lands. The research comprises three main objectives: toolkit development for identification and remediation or management of contaminated sites; knowledge and resource provision enabling tangata whenua to improve the health of their lands, and people; and capacity building within Ngati Awa of science based remediation technology. Research will involve identification of contaminants and remedial solutions for x3 contaminated sites; a field based bioremediation trial at x1 contaminated site; along with desktop research methods. Results will be disseminated amongst Ngati Awa hapu and other interested parties. The final output of the project is to have an enhanced wellness of Ngati Awa, through empowering tangata whenua in their attempts to remedy contaminated site issues. It is envisaged this research may also assist other landowners within the Whakatane community, and beyond.