Shaun Awatere discusses some of the impacts climate change will pose to mātauranga Māori, using the maramataka as an example.
"Climate change has the potential to throw out those observations that the maramataka had been based upon. For example, when we look at some of the signs for when the right season is to plant a particular crop – say kūmara – what we’re finding is that the warmer temperatures during winter actually create the conditions for an earlier season. In the North Island areas that are really good for growing kūmara, the colder seasons might be getting a bit warmer. What we are also seeing is that those areas are more prone for drought, and it is going to have an impact on the survivability of those types of crops like kūmara."
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