Five Maori Trust groups' perspectives on low temperature geothermal energy resources

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Bradshaw, D.; Faulkner, R. 2011 Five Maori Trust groups' perspectives on low temperature geothermal energy resources. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2011/13 22 p.

Abstract: Iwi/Maori have a long association with New Zealand’s natural environment with knowledge built up with interaction through time. This includes geothermal resources within some iwi/Maori communities. Some of the commonly understood uses of the geothermal resource by iwi/Maori groups included cooking, bathing and use of the waters for therapeutic purposes. However, there are for some groups a range of uses that fit within a cultural context which are not so well known or understood. The Low Enthalpy Geothermal Programme at GNS Science seeks to promote uptake of low temperature geothermal energy. Part of the investigation explored the traditional knowledge that existed within five Maori trusts and what technical capability and capacity these trusts have to use geothermal resources. This study has developed a small body of knowledge, as a contribution to RS&T, at the interface between indigenous knowledge including matauranga Maori and research, science and technology. Each of the five trust groups have different capacities and aspirations that they seek to foster for the benefit of their beneficiaries and these are reported in the body of the document. (auth)