February 2006, Ref. ME711
The Cultural Health Index (CHI) is a tool that Māori can use to assess and manage waterways in their area. The index allows iwi/hapū to assess the cultural and biological health of a stream or catchment of their choosing, and then communicate this information to water managers in a way that can be understood and integrated into resource management processes.
This guide explains how to apply the CHI for streams and waterways, from selecting sites and setting up a monitoring team, to calculating the CHI scores for the sites. It provides resources such as forms, recommended interview questions and data collection worksheets.
A technical report is available which describes the science and development of the Cultural Health Index.
The February 2006 edition of the Cultural Health Index user guide contains an error on page 47. On the Field Assessment Form in Appendix 4 the last question - would you return to this site in the future? - should read: 1. No 2. 3. 4. 5. Yes