Me Tū ā-Uru

Me Tū ā-Uru: for a flourishing and abundant environment

This action plan presents a vision for a healthier natural environment, and for healthier long-term human and environmental relationships.

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The vision

"A flourishing and abundant taiao that sustains and nurtures all people of Aotearoa. Tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti valuing, being informed by, and in good relationships with Papatūānuku, and each other."

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.

The challenge

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.

The solution

Me Tū ā-Uru proposes a new approach which prioritises balanced and healthy relationships between people and te taiao using a relational framework.

Recommendations for change

Me Tū ā-Uru includes themed recommendations for Crown and all of government, Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti.