Te Aukaha

FOMA Maori Agri-Business

Te Aukaha is the Māori Agri-business Workstream of He Waka Eke Noa, connecting and bringing together Māori agri-business experts at a governance, technical and farming level.

He Waka Eke Noa

Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership

Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership is a partnership between Māori, primary industry and government working together to reduce Aotearoa’s agricultural emissions and build our resilience to climate change.

The Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA) is the partner in He Waka Eke Noa that ensure a Maori perspective is integrated into it’s work programme. Drawing on our extensive network, FOMA has established Te Aukaha for the purpose of;

  • Advising and informing Māori landowners on the policy, legislative and regulatory reform process and the effects on land use and land management
  • To support Māori landowners, land users and land managers, as mana whenua with mana whakahaere, to act with authority over their land, resources and assets
  • To ensure the past and present contribution from Māori landowners to improving the emissions profile in Aotearoa is recognised
  • To address the historic disparities faced by Māori landowners by working with government and industry on key strategic and policy priorities

Te Aukaha will lead the communications and engagement programme with the Māori agri-business sector, ensuring Māori agribusiness sector and landowners have access to information and support to respond to environmental challenges and meet the He Waka Eke Noa milestones.

It will also ensure the Māori farmers, growers and landowners are aware, engaged and have theirs views reflected in solutions that lower environmental damage, and that a te ao Māori perspective is integrated throughout the work programme.




He Waka Eke Noa was born from discussions about how to achieve the best outcomes for Aotearoa and the food and fibre sector, while playing our part in global efforts to tackle climate change.

He Waka Eke Noa has a five year window to equip farmers and growers with the information, tools and support needed to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.

Partnership Goals:

  • Implement a framework to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and build the agriculture sector’s resilience to climate change.
  • Empower farmers and growers to measure, manage, and reduce on-farm emissions; recognise, maintain or increase integrated sequestration on farms; and adapt to a changing climate.

This is to enable sustainable food and fibre production for future generations, and competitiveness in international markets.

By 2025, our farmers and growers will have a framework to:

  • Measure, manage and reduce on-farm emissions
  • Recognise, maintain or increase integrated sequestration on farms
  • Adapt to a changing climate.

Te Aukaha will:

  • ensure Māori collective farmers have measured their baseline carbon profile (25% by 31 Dec 2021, 100% by 31 Dec 2022).
  • ensure Farm Environmental Plans are in place (25% by 1 Jan 2022, 100% by 1 Jan 2025) and being deployed, and
  • provide cohesion and add-value to the He Waka Eke Noa workstreams.

Farm planning

Guidance for greenhouse gases considers mitigation, sequestration, adaptation and adverse events, to help farmers and growers make decisions on-farm. Primary industry bodies are going to add the greenhouse gas guidance to farm plan templates.

Emissions reporting

We will make sure farmers can measure and calculate greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of simple accounting and reporting.

On-farm sequestration

We’re researching how we can identify, measure, and incentivise on-farm carbon sequestration on each farm from sources not in the ETS.

Emissions pricing

We are designing a practical and fair emissions pricing mechanism as part of the framework.


We’re working with industry partners’ extension programmes, and New Zealand greenhouse gas experts, to get the latest advice and technologies into farmers’ and growers’ hands.

You can visit our Document Library for more information.