Ethical Considerations for Renewable Energy Systems on Māori Land
Keywords:Sustainability, Mātauranga Māori, Renewable Energy, Ethics
Sustainable engineering projects often involve renewable energy systems. Attempts to develop renewable energy systems on Māori land can cause ethical conflicts. This report examines Māori values and perspectives relevant to the development of renewable energy systems on Māori land. A code of ethics is developed taking these values into account to assist in the design process of such projects. This code of ethics is applied in a case study of installing a renewable energy system for a marae. This code of ethics promotes a greater awareness of the impacts the system will have on environment and community, and promotes a respect for the individual values of the impacted iwi.