Hukutaia Domain. The history of a local treasure
Lorna Aikman, Tanja Rother
Ōpōtiki 2022

Countering the Paradigm of ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’: Exploring Concepts of the Commons and Collective Action Institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand

Research paper, Treaty Research Series, Waitangi Research Unit, Stout Center for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University 2019

Abstract: This article argues that a broader understanding of people’s relationships to place is needed to develop ways of environmental management that are both ecologically and socially sustainable. It proposes that ideas of the commons and collective action institutions provide valuable perspectives to assist this quest. In doing so, it firstly introduces the concept of the commons, and common property particularly. Secondly, a discussion of the relevance of research into the commons and collective action institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand is provided, especially in light of the increasing number of co-governance and co-management arrangements being established following settlements between Māori and the Crown under Treaty of Waitangi-based reconciliation processes. Thirdly, the article presents findings of an ethnographic study into narratives of ownership, cross-cultural governance and commoning practices at Ōhiwa Harbour in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Shared Landscapes: Ownership and governance of Ōhiwa Harbour (Aotearoa New Zealand)

PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington 2016

Abstract: In Aotearoa New Zealand conflicting narratives on the ownership of common property resources continue to challenge social and cultural relations. Tanja Rother’s ethnography of Ōhiwa Harbour in the Eastern Bay of Plenty investigates everyday Māori-Pākehā relations in owning and governing natural common goods, at local government and community level. Tanja’s study also explores the commons as an alternative governance model and demonstrates its practicability. Moreover, the sense of shared ownership in the landscape that tāngata whenua and Pākehā separately express provides rich opportunities to move beyond the formal Crown-Māori reconciliation process and develop a shared, socially and ecologically sustainable landscape.

Mana whenua and the ownership of nature

Book chapter in: Peter Adds (Ed.), Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich (Ed.), Richard S. Hill (Ed.), Graeme Whimp (Ed.) Reconciliation, Representation and Indigeneity. ‘Biculturalism’ in Aotearoa New Zealand. Winter-Verlag: Heidelberg