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Looking after your ground: resource management practice by Rakiura Maori Titi harvesters


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Kitson, JC and Moller, H (2008) Looking after your ground: resource management practice by Rakiura Maori Titi harvesters. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 142 (1). pp. 161-176. ISSN 0080-4703

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The annual harvest of Titi, Puifinus griseus, on islands adjacent to Rakiura (Stewart Island) by Rakiura Maori is one of the last large-scale
customary uses of native wildlife in New Zealand. This study investigates whether Rakiura Maori harvesting practices constitute common
property resource management and how these practices relate to the sustainability of Titi harvests. Semi-directive interviews were conducted
with 20 experienced Titi harvesters and elders to record their matauranga Maori (Traditional Ecological Knowledge) and tikanga (lore)
that govern this harvest. Access to the resource is shared and controlled by birthright. Informal and formal sanctions enforce the rules
that promote sustainable use by protecting island habitat and adult birds, and minimising disturbance. These rules and other aspects of
Titi harvesting practice conform to common property resource management theory. While adhering to the main resource rules, localised
flexibility in management provides harvesters with the ability to adapt to changing environmental and social circumstances. Adaptive co-management
of Titi harvesting has included turning lore into law to reinforce social institutions, integration of science and matauranga for
sustainability assessments, and application of new ecosystem management tools. Environmentality is promoted by local self-government
of Rakiura Maori Titi harvesting practice and island ecosystem management.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kitson, JC and Moller, H
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 161-176
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 02:01
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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