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

Programme leader: James Whetu, Whetu Consultancy Group

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Vision Mātauranga policy aims to “unlock the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people to assist New Zealanders to create a better future”. It has four themes:

  • Indigenous innovation: Contributing to economic growth through distinctive research and development
  • Taiao/environment: Achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea
  • Hauora/health: Improving health and social wellbeing
  • Mātauranga: Exploring indigenous knowledge and science and innovation

These themes were, and are, being used as to analyse each research project. We are working with each programme to implement and embed Vision Mātauranga, to ensure that innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people is realised in the science and research across all projects.

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

Our goal is to have Māori communities participate in our research, and to have outputs and outcomes that either empower traditional Māori knowledge or develop contemporary measures as a result of Māori knowledge.  


International comparative study: incorporation of indigenous approaches to guardianship and stewardship in Canada’s resource management policy framework(s)

International examples of EBM

The project 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. We identified 5 elements to consider for developing EBM that successfully incorporates Māori perspectives and aspirations.

Repository of knowledge: mātauranga Māori

Preserving mātauranga Māori gathered by Sustainable Seas

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

Consultation opens re 2019–2024 strategy

Improving marine management is critical to New Zealand's future health and wealth, but research in isolation is not enough. Excellent engagement with, and participation from, all users and sectors of society is essential.

We therefore invite comment on our draft strategy for Phase II (2019–2024). This strategy has been co-developed with Māori and stakeholders.

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.

Art + Oceans 2018

We are co-funding the latest collaborative Art + Science project run by the Dunedin School of Art and University of Otago. 2018’s theme is Art + Oceans. Artists will work with scientists from the University of Otago to develop artworks relating to ocean science interpreted in a broad context.

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