Honouring the mana and mauri of soil

Rere Ki Uta, Rere Ki Tai is a collaborative research project that aims to build more resilient, profitable and healthy farms for our whenua and te taiao (land and environment), whānau (families) and farming communities across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Together, our collective of Māori, conventional and organic kaimahi pāmu (farmers) and researchers is sharing our knowledge, experience, and science to test ideas at the forefront of soil management. We want to know whether farming in ways that honour the mana and mauri of soil might be better for everyone, and if so, how to do it.

Our goal is to reignite hope and pride in farming in Aotearoa, honouring the Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership between Māori and Pākeha to help restore and strengthen connections between the people who eat food and those who grow it, and between farmers and the whenua (soil) they love.

This research project is funded for two years by Our Land and Water National Science Challenge as part of the Revitalise Te Taiao research programme and is hosted by AgriSea.


Kotahi te kowhao o te ngira e kuhuna ai, te miro maa, te miro whero me te miro pango.

There is but one eye of a needle, through which white, black and red cotton are threaded.

The multiple threads reflect the weaving together of multiple knowledge, our collaborative approach and strength when woven together for a shared outcome.

(Proverb by Kingi Potatau Te Wherowhero)

Rangahau | Research

Our mission is to identify farming systems that enhance the mana and mauri of the soil.

Ngā tangata | Our people

We draw on the knowledge of tāngata whenua, intergenerational farmers and scientists.

Kete | Resources

Research findings and practical tools that you can use on your farm.

Ngā Pāmu | Farms

Ten pāmu (farms) from Waikato and Bay of Plenty are involved in this kaupapa.

Kōrero | News

Updates on research progress, findings, and tools as the project unfolds.

Hono | Connect

All kaimahi pāmu (farmers), rural professionals and policy advisors are invited to engage with us.

Get updates on our research progress, findings, and tools that you can apply on your land.
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