About Us

IKA is an initiative of Cornerstone Education Ltd, a registered and accredited NZQA education provider.

We are working with the Northland & Auckland communities to provide education programmes which embrace the principles of Matauranga Maori.

diver-sunlight-200We have started with our scuba diving training programmes.

We are working with local iwi and hapu to develop further programmes in the areas of:

  • Marine biology and ecology (with a focus on sustainable seafood harvesting)
  • Maori customary fishing rights (with a focus on sustainability practices)
  • Tangata Kaitiaki (who are marae-authorised individuals who co-ordinate and manage seafood gathering activities in certain areas)

IKA will provide people that can make a direct contribution to iwi and hapu aspirations and developments. We will work with key people in the community responsible for these initiatives such as:

  • The restoration of the Mimiwhangata marine reserve
  • Educational-tourism ventures
  • Aquaculture initiatives

Our Mission/Kaupapa

Is motivated by a statement made by Houpeke Piripi which has been encapsulated in the proverb given to us:

Ka tu ki uta, ka noho ki te moana – “Guardians of the incoming and outgoing tides”.

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