Introducing an innovative framework that places Te Ao Māori principles at the core of infrastructure resilience in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This approach integrates Te Ao Māori seamlessly with the UNDRR Infrastructure Resilience Principles, creating a unique blend of Mātauranga Māori and globally recognised resilience practices. This novel framework not only aligns with, but enriches a global standard, ensuring infrastructure resilience that resonates with Aotearoa's cultural and environmental landscape.

Central to this framework are the principles of Whakapapa, highlighting the interconnectedness of our infrastructure assets; Manaakitanga, focusing on community welfare and resilience; Kaitiakitanga, emphasizing environmental guardianship and sustainability; Whanaungatanga, encouraging collaborative stakeholder engagement; Tikanga, guiding ethical decision-making; and Rangatiratanga, empowering local leadership and self-determination.

This framework represents a paradigm shift in infrastructure resilience, blending indigenous knowledge and practice with global resilience strategies. It underscores the vital role of cultural understanding and community integration in building sustainable, resilient communities, positioning Aotearoa as a leader in culturally informed, sustainable resilience planning.

James Lear


James is an infrastructure consultant specialising in three waters strategy, planning, and advisory with a passion for innovation, creative problem-solving, and systems thinking. He combines this passion with business acumen and a strong technical background in environmental science and three waters infrastructure. James has a successful track record in strategic planning, infrastructure asset management, and risk management. He has played a key role in the development and implementation of multiple national industry guidelines/decision-making frameworks and has a keen interest in climate resilience. James was also part of the team that won Fieldays Young Innovator of the Year for 2022.

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