A Cultural Health Index for streams and waterways: a tool for nationwide use

Tipa, Gail

A Cultural Health Index for streams and waterways: a tool for nationwide use - Wellington, N.Z. : Ministry for the Environment, 2006. - ii, 54 p. ; ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 30 cm. - ME; 710 .

"April 2006"

Includes bibliographical references

The Cultural Health Index (CHI) is a tool that Maori can use to assess and manage waterways in their area. The index allows iwi/ hapu to assess the cultural and biological health of a stream or catchment of their choosing and then communicate this information to water managers in a way that can be understood and integrated into resource management processes. This technical report describes how the Cultural Health Index works scientifically and how it has been developed through testing on different river types and with different iwi. A Cultural Health Index for Streams and Waterways: A tool for nationwide use also discusses how the index is a response to and reflects the values, beliefs and aspirations of Maori. It further outlines how the application of the Cultural Health Index could assist resource managers, not only to fulfil their obligations stemming from resource management laws, but to enhance current resource management practice

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NEW ZEALAND
ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
STREAMS
WATER QUALITY
MĀORI VALUES
LEGAL ASPECTS

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