Coastal People : Southern Skies

The values that guide our approach are KAITIAKITANGA AND MANA—Meaningful, Authentic, Natural, Action—which allow us to work in true partnership with our proud coastal communities. 

The collaboration connects communities with world-leading, cross-disciplinary research to support transformative change to rebuild coastal ecosystems. 

Our Vision

Our vision is flourishing wellness (mauri ora) of coastal communities.

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Our Research


Connecting to our coastal heritage places


Maintaining and expanding longitudinal monitoring: Southern (Otago) Moorings


Falafolaloa: spreading the mats of welcome and belonging


Growing the capability and capacity of students, researchers and communities


Understanding local and regional thermal regimes to prepare for climate change

A voyaging waka together with Te Pae Māhutonga, (the Southern Cross) are the symbols of the adventurous spirit of Coastal People: Southern Skies

Coastal People: Southern Skies is a national Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) hosted by the University of Otago.