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Tika Transition

Tika concerns ‘that which is right or just’. 

A Tika Transition embraces tikanga Māori and the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a source of climate solutions.
The Tika Transition Guide provides useful questions to help funders achieve a just, equitable and tika transition that reflects our unique Aotearoa context.

In Aotearoa, tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi must sit at the heart of our climate action response. A Tika Transition, developed by Dr Maria Bargh and used here with permission, is what a just transition looks like in Aotearoa.


Principles of a
Tika Transition









Whanaungatanga embraces whakapapa (ancestral connections), kinship and relationships. 

Whanaungatanga is premised on positive and enduring human connections and interactions with all of life, including nature.

Kaitiakitanga is the exercise of environmental guardianship. 

In te ao Māori, all living things are interconnected and it is the role of kaitiaki to protect and preserve. 
In the tika transition context, kaitiakitanga ensures that climate action is embedded in our stewardship role. 

The concept of tauutuutu, or reciprocity and balance, rests on the idea that ‘for everything given or taken a return of some kind is required’. 


Mana has to do with the place and leadership status of the individual in the group. 

Relationships are always mediated and guided by the high value placed upon mana. 


for the Seven Funder Commitments.

Take Utu Ea

Click on the links below to learn more about implementing a Tika Transition in key aspects of philanthropy, including access to key resources.


An exploration of climate change and its effects.


Actions towards balance on local, national and international scales.


Resolution and the full realisation of commitments made by signatories.

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