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SPAR researchers work with communities in New Zealand and across the Pacific to investigate, report and provide training support for on-going research. These projects involve partnerships with external agencies and community groups, which address issues of immediate concern to those groups. Through these collaborations our partners are able to achieve outcomes that would not otherwise be possible. Current partners include Māori iwi organisations, the Department of Conservation (DoC), local governments and community trusts.

Community projects

Richard Walter thumbUniversity and Hawke's Bay iwi partner up (Hawke's Bay Today website)

Omaio ki Tua is a project in partnership with Pukehou Marae, Kahuranaki Marae and the Kairakau Land Trust. It aims to protect and conserve Maori heritage coastal areas of the Ngati Kahungunu rohe. It has been funded by the Department of Conservation through its Community Conservation Partnerships programme.

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Coastal village in the Solomon Islands thumbCommunity-based cultural heritage conservation in Melanesia

The project is focusing on heritage conservation in Arnavon Islands (Solomon Islands) – a conservation region that includes a major turtle hatchery and a rich and vulnerable archaeological record.

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SPAR  banner thumbUnearthing early New Zealand (radio NZ website)

In the 1950's the Willets family gathered almost 10,000 artefacts from their farm. The find relates to a large moa hunting settlement. North Otago Museum is working with the Willetts family, Te Rūnanga o Moeraki and Waitaha Taiwhenua o Waitaki Trust Board on the project.

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Researcher marking out a coastal archaeological site thumb14th century village discovered

One news reports: "The find is significant because not much is known about the early occupation of the area. The site was first found 18 months ago, beneath a Gisborne port. Developers called in local iwi and archaeologists to investigate." The artefacts will be returned to the people of Tairawhiti.