CULTURAL HEALTH INDEX: FONTERRA

Freshwater Solutions works closely with Fonterra throughout New Zealand providing services to secure and monitor wastewater and stormwater discharges and water takes. We have recently worked with Raukawa and Fonterra to successfully develop and implement a stream water quality assessment using Matauranga Maori and applying the Cultural Health Index (CHI) methodology. This project has been one of the first applications of the CHI to assess the effects of a discrete activity in New Zealand and has provided an opportunity for Freshwater Solutions, Fonterra and Raukawa to engage, collaborate and share in the learning process.

Key services provided:

  • Project management
  • Collaborating with Raukawa and Fonterra to design CHI framework
  • Assisting Raukawa with site surveys
  • Reporting CHI results and linking to scientific data
  • Presentation of results to Raukawa and Fonterra

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