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).
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 STEMM Academy.
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Engaging With Te Ao Māori
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 biophysical science will result in a new wave of applied science that is distinctly designed for Aotearoa.
- Te Arawhiti (The Office for Māori Crown Relations) provides excellent resources to encourage meaningful public sector engagement with Māori.
- Why and how to work in te ao Māori and with Māori organisations.
- A case study of community engagement in Our Land and Water research.
- He Puna Mātauranga o Te Tiriti (The Treaty Resource Centre) provides guidance and resources for community organisations engaging with the Treaty. The 'researchers' reflections' document (PDF) provides useful insights for genuine engagement, for Māori and tauiwi.
- Te Kāhui Māngai (Directory of Iwi and Māori Organisations) gives information on iwi identified in the Māori Fisheries Act 2004, and those iwi/hapū that have begun the process of negotiating settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims.
- Inspiring Communities has a useful 6-page PDF with advice for tauiwi who are new to working with Māori organisations.