Utu - Towards Balance

The concept of utu rests on the idea that for everything given or taken a return of some kind is required. Unity in our action against climate change relies on utu as it becomes a fundamental driver of action, addressing personal and collective mana for all involved.


Philanthropy maintains itself as a mechanism for rebalance with philanthropic resources existing as a captured imbalance to be distributed accordingly. In a tika transition that centres utu, this distribution must maintain closeness to injustices that have seen wealth accumulate at the cost of others, for example through loss of land, resources and authority. This is how we collectively maintain and enhance mana, and how we create the grounds for working together. 


One strong consensus within climate action spaces is that the change required to sustain our futures requires everyone. Our collective strength relies on our diversities - of knowledge, strengths and skills. Cultivating multi-disciplinary approaches to climate action becomes the grounds at which transformation arises, with immense growth occurring at the points of contact between worldviews and knowledge systems.

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This video by 350, a global grassroots movement standing against the climate crisis, identifies power as the challenge and the solution. Challenging fossil fuel companies, the wealthiest and most powerful organisations in the world, 350 places greater power in the people - no matter who you are. It is a movement that prioritises thriving together. Check out their current Aotearoa-based campaigns here.

Aywaa is an initiative that seeks to inform, engage, and inspire those willing to deepen their awareness of how Indigenous peoples in the North are strengthening healthy relationships with one another and with all living things that inhabit the waters, lands, and air. Through the practice of sharing narratives, decision-making processes become based in responsibility, reciprocity and respect. 

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Offered in this booklet is a humble point of departure for folks interested in
building a collective vision and strategy framework for Ecological Justice
that does not separate humans from nature or social equity from ecological
integrity. The evolution of their thinking has been an ongoing journey with
hundreds of folks over many years from diverse movements.


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“What we can do is constantly talk about the need for change. Advocate the need for change. And above all, really be brave.”

- Moana Jackson

Matike Mai as a model of constitutional transformation, represents the meaningful realisation of our founding documents and emphasises rangatiratanga that was guaranteed for Māori. Matike Mai acknowledges Māori aspiration as hindered by existing imbalances and prompts a path towards balance. A call is made in Matike Mai for all, committing ourselves to our collective values and identifying transformation as an inclusive process. Our future relies on the strengths and aspirations of both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti, and ultimately how we work together. Togetherness is contingent on balance, reciprocity and trust - all that Matike Mai represents, making it a vital understanding within a tika transition. 

Iwi/Rūnanga Climate Change Strategies


Action Towards Balance

Historically we can observe that all meaningful change begins from the people. The abundance of power that stems from our collectivity and our diversity is what transforms our world towards a just future, and this power is expressed in an abundance of ways. 


Identifying community and grassroots climate action can be a complex process, especially when lines are wanting to be drawn to distinguish what may be considered climate action. Theories of change may be grounded on local acts of social justice, or may be global acts in line with global movements. They may centre climate in their mission statement, or it may be implicit and carried in the breadth of interconnectivity between land and its inhabitants. A tika transition requires change in all its forms, bound by a collective vision of justice. 

The Climate Justice Resilience Fund provides insight into different ways organisations produce change - from advocacy and access to information to movement building and leadership development. This is a good place to begin in searching for action to support in your communities. 

Kaupapa Māori community organising

Papawhakaritorito is a small scale Hua Parakore food farm that nourishes soil, food and whānau and provides an opportunity to live Indigenous Food Sovereignty through the Hua Parakore principles.

The role of Māori community gardens in health promotion: a land-based community development response by Tangata Whenua, people of their land. An essay by Ruakere Hond, Mihi Ratima, and Will Edwards.


Tangata-Tiriti-led Community Campaigning

Our mission is to tautoko (support) and whakamana (uplift) everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us - everyday people and Papatūānuku, the planet we love.


Non-exhaustive list of community climate action

Climate Action Network (CAN) are a network of over 30 New Zealand civil society groups, non-governmental organisations, trade unions and social movements who support each other and our allies to take real action to protect New Zealanders and others from climate change, to protect New Zealand's unique environment, and build a more fair, just and safe New Zealand for us all.