The Raumanga Rōnaki Mahingakai Research Project

In late 2012 Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu established a five-year research project, Raumanga Rōnaki Mahingakai (RRM). The purpose of this project is to research and develop a web-based sustainability dashboard that will perform the following functions:

  • Permit Maori organisations and tribal authorities to assess, and report on, the sustainability practices of their fishing, forestry, and farming enterprises according to Māori environmental and social ethics; and,
  • To provide a learning tool that can support the development of sustainable farming and fishing enterprises at extended family and sub-tribe scales.

The RRM Dashboard is being developed as part of the New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard project which will ensure overall compatibility with internationally recognised sustainability frameworks to ensure that overseas regulators and consumers can benchmark and verify the sustainability credentials of New Zealand exported food and fibre products.

The design of the RRM sustainability assessment and learning tool has been finalised and integrated into a survey tool. The survey consists of about 500 questions across 8 modules targeting key areas of governance and farm sustainability practices. Survey results will inform organizations of current practice in comparison to ‘best sustainable practice’. Various modes of reporting are generated including: values-based reporting, quadruple bottom line (four sustainability pillars – Governance, Social, Economic & Environmental), Key Performance Indicators and Mauri (Life Sustaining Capacity). For more information, visit The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard website.


The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at Canterbury University


Dr John Reid

Lead organisation

The AgriBusiness Group

Partners & Collaborators

The NZSDP is led by The AgriBusiness Group and includes Lincoln University (AERU)

University of Otago (CSAFE)

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Landcare Research


Ecosystem Consultants

Lincoln AgriTech

1000 Minds

New Zealand Winegrowers

Zespri International and other Kiwifruit partners

BioGro New Zealand


Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Science + Innovation – Part of the 2012 Biological Industries Science Investment Fund

Further Information

NZ Dashboard