Vision Mātauranga

Old man collecting pipis with a child

Working with Māori to capture the needs and aspirations of all sectors of society, and unlock the potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people

In the Sustainable Seas Challenge, working with iwi will contribute directly to the desired outcomes of the Taiao (achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea) and Mātauranga (exploring indigenous knowledge and RS&T) themes of Vision Mātauranga, which include an “increased understanding of how the New Zealand land and seascape is distinctively experienced and explained by iwi and hapū, and of the contribution this can make to achieving sustainable environmental outcomes and healthy communities”.

A range of forums exist that include whānau, hapū, iwi and national Māori organisational engagement and these processes will enable a broad canvassing of Māori views and aspirations that will inform the Challenge.  


The project was completed in early 2017. In it, we reviewed and evaluated international examples where indigenous environmental and economic approaches were incorporated into a resource management policy framework. A paper on it will be published in AlterNative Journal, and a second has been submitted to the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

This project is investigating the concept of a digital repository to protect, preserve and record the whakapapa (lineage) of all information and data gathered and identified by Sustainable Seas as mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge). This will collate a unique body of knowledge that sits at the interface of indigenous knowledge and the research and science of Sustainable Seas.

Latest news and updates

Job opportunity: Senior Communications Advisor (1.0 FTE)

We're looking for a great all-rounder who's interested in using their exceptional science communications and outreach skills to help tackle a critical environmental science challenge facing the nation.

Job opportunity: Challenge Manager (0.5 FTE)

Looking for an exciting opportunity to apply your scientific background and management abilities to a critical environmental science challenge facing the nation?

Video: How current legislative frameworks in NZ enable EBM

Lara Taylor and Tania Te Whenua gave this presentation at the NZ Coastal Society conference.  This research is part of the 'Ecosystem-based management (EBM) within NZ's existing legislative framework' project, which is developing a better understanding of the opportunities and constraints offered by current legislation and decision-making processes.