1. Foundations | Te tūāpapa

Ko ō tātou whakapono ngā kaiwehewehe i a tātau.
Ko ō tātau moemoeā me ō tātau pākatokato ngā kaiwhakakotahi i a tātau.

It is our truths that are the actors of separation.
It is our dreams and diffi culties that act to unify us.

– Te Wharehuia Milroy 

Illustration depicting multuple scenes. Clockwise from top: A woman with brown hair in a white shirt and a man with blonde hair in a blue shirt sit at a table talking. A woman with brown hair and Māori male elder press noses in a hongi. A woman with brown hear wearing a white shift is sat at a desk and writing on a large white piece of paper. Alongside her is a woman in a blue shirt who is talking and a Māori elder.  A woman with brown hair wearing a white shirt stands holding a piece of paper in her hand. She is talking and using her hand to guide.In this chapter, you will learn:

  • What just transitions are
  • The context for just transitions in Aotearoa
  • The importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Principles from te ao Māori
In this section

Why we need just transitions

Transitions mean fundamental changes to systems.

What are just transitions?

Just transitions bring people together to transform disruptive change into positive change.

The importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

In Aotearoa New Zealand, there is a national framework that applies in a just transition process: Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Principles from te ao Māori the Māori worldview

Te ao Māori can help shape just transition processes to better address complex problems.