New fire research publications

Several new publications are now available on the Scion rural fire research website.

These include a Rural Fire Research Update (Issue 17) on the kāuta project. Supported through Vision Mātauranga funding, this project aims to bring back the kāuta (traditional fireplaces for cooking and heating) to marae by developing a specification for a modern kāuta that meets cultural as well as regulatory requirements. This Update outlines progress on the project.

Another Rural Fire Research Update (Issue 16) introducing the research being conducted around ‘Targeted protection against extreme fire’ has also been produced, and published in both English and Te Reo versions. The research aims to jointly learn with Maori what values are of importance to hāpu and communities, and how best to protect them from future extreme fires. The Update includes the myth of ‘Maui and the gift of fire’ for which the English translation can be found below.

These and other publications from the Scion fire research team can be accessed here. This includes the Rural Fire Research Updates and reports, and older Fire Technology Transfer Notes and annual Highlights summaries. There is also a link to the teams’ peer-reviewed papers, as well as to Scion’s digital library which contains a more comprehensive collection of fire research publications (click on Collections, and select Rural Fire Research Publications &/or Fire Technology Transfer Notes).

(Drawing credit: Ilze Pretorius, Scion)

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