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The Māori world view (te ao Māori) acknowledges the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living & non-living things

The Māori world view (te ao Māori) acknowledges the interconnectedness and interrelationship of all living and non-living things. This holistic approach, seeking to understand the total system, not just parts of it, is at the heart of the Our Land and Water Challenge.

The principles of kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the land) are also central to our research. We have an intergenerational duty to restore and increase the mauri (life force, vitality) of our land and water, and to nuture the reciprocal relationship between tangata (people) and the whenua (land).

Most Our Land and Water research has the potential to be informed by a te ao Māori lens. The inclusion of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) can deepen our collective understanding of connections, interdependencies, and long-term intergenerational perspectives.

We believe that combining mātauranga Māori and Western science will result in a new wave of applied science that is distinctly designed for Aotearoa.

Our Land and Water is committed to partnering with Māori and has a structured approach, to give effect to this commitment. This commitment extends to future collaborators, by supporting Māori secondary-school students who are interested in science careers through the Pūhoro STEM Academy.

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