Project Details Ngā taipitopito
Our Land and Water began funding research in 2016, as one of 11 National Science Challenges established to use a mission-oriented approach to focus on issues of national importance identified by the New Zealand public. All National Science Challenges were expected to partner effectively with Māori, guided by the Vision Mātauranga policy.
In 2018, Our Land and Water reassessed its strategy as part of the ‘mid-way review’ of the National Science Challenges. This led to a commitment to embed te ao Māori at the heart of the Challenge, to support re-imagining the agri-food and fibre system in ways unique to Aotearoa. The concept of te Taiao was introduced as the frame for Our Land and Water’s research planning.
Applying a te ao Māori lens to the development and commissioning of a mission-led, impact-focused research portfolio is new for mainstream research in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our Land and Water therefore represents an experiment within the National Science Challenge experiment.
This project is a self-examination of what has been learned and the results of this experiment, using qualitative and quantitative research methods.