Kauri Wānanga

Kauri Ki Uta, Kauri Ki Tai: The Kauri Project Wānanga Waipoua Forest, Northland, 15th - 19th March, 2019

The wānanga is a critical partnership-led response to Kauri dieback disease, initiated by the The Kauri Project and developed in collaboration with Te Roroa, Te Tira Whakamātaki, BioProtection Research Centre, Reconnecting Northland, and Victoria University, with support from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and the Kauri Dieback Programme.

In March 2019, for the first time, we are bringing together a group of visionary practitioners and community leaders with experience across the disciplines of art, science and mātauranga Māori, to explore the interlinked kaupapa of kauri dieback disease caused by the pathogen Phytopthora agathidicida, forest health and ecology, and kauri as a cultural taonga.

The Wānanga represents a recognition that science exists as part of a continuous and interlinked web of disciplines and practices, and that solutions to an issue such as kauri dieback disease require a complex, collaborative response. Programme detail is still under development, as it will be informed, in part, by those who participate. The intention is to facilitate a cross-disciplinary and cross pollination experience for participants and sharing of knowledge.

We will be hosted by Te Roroa, in the heart of the Waipoua Forest - involving Tāne Mahuta, and many more of our remaining kauri, in deeply collaborative work which strives to allow te mauri o te kauri to thrive once more.