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Māori knowledge, science and technology

We are recognising and acknowledging the importance of Māori participation in, contribution to, and benefit from science and technology research and engagement.

We recognise and acknowledge the importance of Mātauranga Māori, which is knowledge and knowledge-focused practices unique to Māori. It is dynamic, building from earliest traditions to future knowledge. 

Each of the strategic plan's three action areas are being developed to continually respect whānau, hapū and iwi as the key conduits of mātauranga Māori and engagement.

The plan also focuses on realising the potential gain for New Zealand through building capability in science and technology to support Māori economic development and management of natural resources.

Mātauranga Māori in research

We are working with Māori researchers to increase their profile and with iwi, hapū and Māori organisations with respect to mātauranga Māori and science/pūtaiao knowledge.

MBIE’s Vision Mātauranga policy aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources for the benefit of New Zealand.  

The four themes of the Vision Mātauranga policy are:

  • Indigenous innovation: contributing to economic growth through distinctive science and innovation
  • 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

For this reason the Vision Mātauranga policy is embedded across all science investments, and forms a core component for the implementation of MBIE’s approach to supporting outcomes for Māori and New Zealand.

Other Māori-driven initiatives we support: