Māori

Low emissions farm systems for the Māori sector

This project aims to improve the capacity of Māori farmers to improve their efficiency and productivity while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Two Māori agri-business entities involving dairy, sheep and beef, forestry and horticulture are having their GHG emissions modelled including looking at how these emissions and profitability can be balanced at a business level.

In addition, the project investigates decision-making criteria and issues around introducing new GHG mitigation strategies and analyses any barriers to the uptake of such strategies. 

More information can be found at Reducing greenhouse gas emissions on Māori-owned farms (external website)

Current progress and related stories

  • Science Profile - Phil Journeaux

    04/02/19

    Farming Has Always Been Part of Phil’s Life Phil Journeaux’s pathway to co-leading the NZAGRC’s Māori-focused research programme (with Dr Tanira Kingi at Scion) was set at an early age. Born and raised in the rural Central...

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  • Country Calendar: From the Ashes

    04/12/18

    Onuku Maori Lands Trust, winners of the 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy for Maori Excellence in Farming, featured on Country Calendar. Onuku is part of our Māori-focussed research programme. Watch (external link)

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  • Large impact of land use change

    22/11/18

    The largest impact on reducing GHG emissions was achieved via land use change into forestry. Both enterprises had targeted increased areas of forestry planting on their sheep & beef farms. Both enterprises also have an issue in that they have...

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  • Māori programme 2017/18

    22/11/18

    During 2017/18 the project has: • Identified two multi-enterprise Māori operations, incorporating dairy, sheep and beef and forestry operations, willing to allow modelling of farm system and land use change to identify impacts of reducing...

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  • Significant reductions in GHG emissions possible

    22/11/18

    Part of the aim of Māori-focussed research programme is to consider the impact of any changes at a whole enterprise level. Mixing and matching the various scenarios modelled indicates that significant gains in reducing GHG emissions (largely due...

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  • Turning pollution into profit

    12/11/18

    Work on Te Uranga B2 supported by the NZAGRC Māori focussed research programme was the focus of recent Māori Television's Native Affairs. Watch (external website)

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  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) on Māori-owned Farms

    21/05/18

    Scion, in partnership with AgFirst, are undertaking a research programme funded by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) looking at GHG mitigation options for Māori-owned pastoral farms. The research programme is...

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  • Report: Mitigating greenhouse gases on Māori farms 2014-2017

    28/02/18

    This report covers a project to assist the Māori pastoral sector to improve its collective capacity to increase resource efficiency, farm productivity, while reducing GHG emissions. The project was based around the establishment of a network of...

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  • How can I estimate my on farm GHG emissions?

    01/08/16

    In New Zealand, In New Zealand, farmers can get a farm-level estimate of their greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide, and in some cases also energy use) using commercially available calculators, such as OVERSEER. These...

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  • What is OVERSEER?

    01/08/16

    The most well-known calculator for estimating GHG emissions in farm is using is the nutrient budgeting tool OVERSEER®. This uses nitrogen inputs and outputs, as well as the number and productivity of animals, to calculate the unique nutrient...

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  • Collective land tenure systems and greenhouse gas mitigation among Māori farmers in Aotearoa

    01/07/16

    West, G., Journeaux, P., Wakelin, S., & Kingi, T. (2016). Collective land tenure systems and greenhouse gas mitigation among Maori farmers in Aotearoa, New Zealand Pan Pacific Indigenous Resource Management: Australian National University Press.

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  • Report: Monitoring Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    15/01/16

    Progress over the first year from the Low emissions farm systems for the Maori sector project includes: Development of a typology of Maori farming The collection of farm and GHG emission profiles on 29 Maori farms from around the country,...

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