This action plan presents a vision for a healthier natural environment, and for healthier long-term human and environmental relationships.
We have guided our action plan with four key themes
Mātauranga refers to knowledge and understanding – to a way of seeing the world through a lens of kinship, of recognising the reciprocal responsibilities that arise from human-environment relationships.
Many New Zealanders of all cultures share a sense of personal connection with, and aroha for, the environment; and New Zealand’s laws and policies increasingly reflect a shared commitment to protect the environment from harm.
Yet, despite progress in recent decades, Aotearoa’s systems for environmental governance still do not fully prioritise balance and reciprocity in human and environmental relationships.
Aotearoa’s environmental and social relationships are out of balance. We are facing multiple, inter-related crises including climate change, biodiversity decline, poverty, and homelessness.
Me Tū ā-Uru proposes a new approach which prioritises balanced and healthy relationships between people and te taiao using a relational framework.