Research Projects

Pā to Plate: connecting descendants to land through produce


Tēnā koe,

We are interested to know your ideas about the possibility of a micro-economy that we are calling 'Pā to Plate'. The basic idea is to see whether there is interest by whānau – wherever you may live – to purchase food originating from our Bay of Islands whenua. The first 300 respondents will receive a $10 petrol or supermarket voucher.


'Pa to Plate' is part of a National Science Challenge Our Land and Water project 'Mauri Whenua Ora' led by Merata Kawharu (University of Otago, University of Auckland). The Pā to Plate project is being supported by Krushil Watene (Massey), Paul Tapsell (Otago), as well as postdoctoral and graduate researchers. You can find out a little bit more about the project here:


For more information about Pā to Plate, to be added to our mailing list for updates, or if you have any questions please email:


A link to the survey is here: Pa to Plate Survey, Bay of Islands 

We hope you are interested in sharing your thoughts! Kia ora mai


Krushil Watene (Massey), Merata Kawharu (Otago, Auckland), Paul Tapsell (Otago)

Whakapapakainga - Doctoral Study on Oromahoe (Hirini Tane)


27 February 2017: A belated message to whanau. A thank you to those who listened and supported me at the 2016 Oromahoe AGM. An apology also for the absence of regular updates on this site, I am in the midst of writing up information gathered through the survey and interviews. I look forward to catching up at the upcoming Oromahoe Trust Wānanga on the 10th and 11th of March 2017.

April 27 2016: Read a blog I wrote for the Knowledge in Indigenous Networks titled: 'Marae, Maps and a Māori-boy'

Explores the concept of connection to marae, land and accountability.

15 May 2016: Thank you to all attendants to the Oromahoe Farm Trust Field Days. Please find below the powerpoint presentation I presented. If you still want to participant the survey is still available online. This will close at end of October. Click here:

Nov 2014: Oromahoe Questionnaire Now Available Online!

Tēnā ano tātou. The questionnaire on Oromahoe can now be accessed online at:

Alternatively, it can still be downloaded below. If you require pre-paid and addressed envelopes please contact me at, with you name and address.

Hoinoo nāku iti tenei,

Hirini Tane

Oct 2014: Whakapapakainga Doctoral Study - Hirini Tane

Tēnā Tātou. Ki te whānau whanui o Oromahoe, tēnei tāku e mihi atu. My name is Paratene Hirini Tane. At the 2014 Oromahoe AGM I gave a presentation presentation on the aims and methods of my study. At the 2015 AGM on the 17th of October I gave a follow up presentation also circulating a short questionnaire among attendees. If you are interested in being involved with this study please download the attached documents - these can be filled out, scanned and sent to Alternatively, you can email me with your postal address and I can send you a questionnaire with a pre-paid and addressed envelop. If wish to send these yourself they can be forwarded to:

Hirini Tane

c/- Paul Tapsell

Te Tumu: School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies

University of Otago, Dunedin  9016

Oromahoe Study Information Sheet
Description of research project on Oromahoe
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