Laura Goodall

He kaiwhakamāori pūtaiao a Laura. E ako ana ia Te Reo Māori me tikanga ki TWoA. Laura tells stories about science in a way that tries to make it understandable and relevant to ordinary people. Her background is in science, communications and Indigenous Peoples' perspectives - and in 2016 she studied Māori Science at VUW. She is now storyteller for Curious Minds ( and continuing her journey in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori. You can find her on Twitter: @lauragoodall

What is Mātauranga Māori? - Mātau Taiao

Feb 26, 2016

What is Mātauranga Māori? What does it mean to have and use it? Why is it important in science? In a nutshell, Mātauranga Māori can’t be translated or defined in a simple, two-dimensional way: it is multifaceted. There are many aspects to it. From my understanding, Mātauranga Māori not only refers to the knowledge that Māori have, but encompasses the Māori way of knowing – and the connectedness that knowledge has with the environment out of which it was derived. [1]   Prof Steve Pointing and Dr John Perrott, Director and Associate Director respectively of the Institute for Applied Ecology NZ, have created a six-minute video that looks at some aspects of recognising Māori indigenous knowledge and values in research, education and kaitiakitanga (loosely translated as ‘guardianship’): “At our Institute we actively nurture … Read More

Mātau Taiao: haere mai! - Mātau Taiao

Feb 25, 2016

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome! Mātau Taiao is a space for researchers and other people to share their stories about how they connect science and indigenous knowledge – known in New Zealand as Mātauranga Māori. The name Mātau Taiao was created especially for this blog by Jason King at AUT (tēnā rawa atu koe, Jason). He explains its origins and purpose: “The English translation of Mātau Taiao is ‘World Knowledge’.  Mātau means to know, acquainted with, understand; and Taiao means environment, Earth, world.  The explanation behind the combination of both words is that it provides a ‘home/space’ or ‘whare/wāhi’ for Mātauranga Māori and Science to coexist. “Mātauranga Māori generally means: the body of knowledge originating from Māori ancestors, including the Maori world view and perspectives, Māori creativity and cultural practices.  Therefore I needed to make sure that … Read More