Kaitiakitanga of geothermal ecosytems through joint scientific and Mātauranga-a-iwi approaches: Waiotapu case study

Robert R. Reeves, M. Phillips, E. Forrest, H. Te Ngaru, Mark P. Simpson, Samantha A. Alcaraz & Nick Macdonald
Geothermal areas are unique environments that can include geothermal surface features, and exhibit unique flora and fauna that has adapted to these environmental conditions. Iwi have a strong historical and contemporary cultural association with geothermal resources, including cooking, bathing, trading and for spiritual purposes. This report integrates geological, geophysical, geothermal surface feature and vegetation data with Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa matauranga into a holistic knowledge-base combining indigenous knowledge and Western science regarding the Waiotapu Geothermal Field...
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