He Toka Tū Moana Mō Maketū: A plan to combat climate change in Maketū
He Toka Tu Moana Mo Maketu aims to safeguard the future of Maketu's people, places and natural environment. Photo / Andy Belcher In a rohe already seeing the impacts of climate change first-hand, the Maketu community in the Bay of Plenty has come together to develop a plan to reduce emissions and help manage future loss. The plans development follows a series of community workshops, led by the Maketu Iwi Collective, to develop a shared understanding of how climate change will impact the low-lying coastal area that is already vulnerable to water inundation and erosion. Called He Toka Tu Moana Mo Maketu (the Maketu Climate Change Adaptation Plan), the strategy is concise and straightforward, and aims to safeguard the future of Maketu's people, places and natural environment. Kaiwhakahaere for Te Runanga o Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu, Roana Bennett, says the plan is not intended to sit on a shelf, but to be activated and progressed for the safety and wellbeing of the community, but the communitys help is needed to achieve this. Were asking everyone in Maketu to take a good look at the plan, talk about it with whanau, friends and neighbours, and think about what they can do to help make this happen. We know lots of our whanau will be around for the summer, so its the perfect time to have this korero and reflect on what you want the future to look like for yourself and the generations to come, she said. Petera Tapsell, kaumatua and chairman of Whakaue Marae Trustees, says: This plan is a beacon of hope for the future. The full impact of climate change will be felt by generations to come. We need to let them know that here in Maketu we did everything we possibly could. Due to Maketu's geographical position, the area has seen more frequent coastal flooding, including near Whakaue Marae, following subtropical storms. In 2019, large swells caused a landslide, resulting in koiwi (human remains) tumbling from the clifftop urupa at Okurei to the beach below. In this time of great change we need to guide our people through these seismic pressures to ensure the survival of future generations. As hau kainga, we have an obligation to care for everyone within our rohe, which is why we are helping drive this kaupapa, says Ms Bennett. In order to progress the plans implementation, the collective, consisting of Te Runanga o Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu, Whakaue Marae Trustees and Ngati Pikiao Noho Ki Tai, is keen to hear from locals who are willing to help with project management, communications, be on the working group and/or work on specific projects, such as the development of mara kai (community gardens). We mihi the many projects already under way in Maketu. This plan will provide space for climate action collaboration and to focus support, says Ms Bennett. He Toka Tu Moana Mo Maketu has been developed in conjunction with the local community and outlines interconnected issues, strategic priorities, kaupapa and actions that will ensure the Maketu community is prepared for, can adapt to, and will be resilient to a changing climate. There are five strategic priorities - caring for 1) waters, 2) lands and 3) home; 4) ensuring security and self-sufficiency, and 5) fostering and enabling collective knowledge and wisdom. Twelve kaupapa have been identified to drive action and progress for these strategic priorities. They range from the development of mara kai (food gardens) and a tree nursery, as well as a community emergency response plan, education programmes and a land use change project. Seven enabling actions will ensure the plan is effective, successful and long-lasting. They include the founding of an iwi-led working group, strong collaboration with relevant stakeholders and project management. The Maketu Iwi Collective is keen to get this work under way early next year, so if you want to stay updated and/or play a part in this important mahi, please get in touch. Email: email@example.com . To view the whole plan, visit www.MaketuClimatePlan.iwi.nz . A spectacular airshow will dominate the skies above Mercury Bay over Labour Weekend.