TeAo Māori: Resources
A website intended to help Māori land owners and managers find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of their whenua
Whenua Māori Visualisation Tool
The Whenua Māori Visualisation tool (Whenuaviz) combines the most up-to-date environmental and land resource data from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research with the updated property and legal data from Māori Land Online (Ministry of Justice).
Mā Ngā Mātanga Māori
Online platforms and tools targeting Māori soil and land experts
Anei e whai ake nei ētahi rauemi whaihua pea.Explore our Resources for Mātanga Māori
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Te Ao Māori: History
Māori have had a long connection with and understanding of soil, reaching back centuries to Polynesian migration. The knowledge (mātauranga Māori, mōhiotanga, māramatanga, tohungatanga) is ancient, traditional, and historical, as well as contemporary.
Māori names for soils and land
There are over 100 traditional Māori names for soil, and most parts of the landscape are described in detail, with many descriptors (e.g. for degrees of wetness, stoniness, texture, colour).
Collective evidence provides insight into the past activities of Māori and indicates a progressive and developmental move towards gardening and horticultural practice, signalling an advance in kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and maara kai (gardening).