Vision Mātauranga

Old man collecting pipis with a child

We are working with Māori to capture their needs and aspirations for marine management, and to unlock the potential of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), resources and people. 

Programme leader: James Whetu, Whetu Consultancy Group

Our goal is to have Māori communities participate in Sustainable Seas Challenge research. We want our research outputs and outcomes to empower both traditional and contemporary mātauranga Māori in any Ecosystem Based Management approach in New Zealand’s marine environment. 

We are responding to the New Zealand Government’s policy framework for Vision Mātauranga by collaborating with each Sustainable Seas research programme, to mutually discover measures and outcomes that “unlock the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people to assist New Zealanders to create a better future”. 

Vision Mātauranga cross-programme within Sustainable Seas provides oversight, assistance and active guidance to science leaders and researchers in the application of the Vision Mātauranga policy, and pathways for the delivery and uptake of research outcomes for Māori.  To achieve this the programme has an implementation plan, an iwi engagement plan, a mātauranga in science plan, and a fund that enables Māori communities to participate in the research of the Challenge.  

We are:

  • Developing and enhancing relationships with iwi, with a focus on iwi in Te Tau Ihu (top of the South Island).  
  • Supporting the involvement of Māori in research projects. 
  • Seeking, gathering, incorporating and integrating mātauranga Māori into research projects 
  • Understanding how kaupapa Māori research is carried out within transdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research 
  • Seeking to development distinctive and innovative approaches to manage our marine environment.  
     

Projects

Incorporation of indigenous approaches to guardianship and stewardship in Canada

We have evaluated how indigenous approaches have been incorporated into Canada’s marine resource management policies.
 

Repository of knowledge: mātauranga Māori

We investigated the concept of a digital repository to manage mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) gathered by the Sustainable Seas Challenge. 

  

Latest news and updates

Maritime Museum Talk: Forecasting contamination

Watch recordings of our second NZ Maritime Museum breakfast talk from 19 August 2019. Ben Knight and Lincoln Mackenzie spoke about their research on forecasting and detecting marine contamination and harmful algal blooms.

New ways of defining seafloor resilience

A recent publication from the Tipping Points project identifies the factors that characterise how resilient a seafloor ecosystem is to change caused by stressors or disturbances.

Kudos Award for Drew Lohrer

NIWA researcher Drew Lohrer was named among eight winners in the 2019 Kudos Awards in early September.

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