Tagged: mātauranga māori

Weaving knowledge to see the big picture - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Mar 23, 2016

Understanding holistically how the world works and our role in it helps us to make sustainable, long-term decisions. Many scientists work in a narrow field of research so need to collaborate across different disciplines to see the big picture. Yet indigenous knowledge is often overlooked. Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Te Arawa) is a specialist in Earth system science and integrating Māori indigenous … Read More

Project Mātauranga: indigenous knowledge and science in action - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Mar 08, 2016

A good starting place for better understanding Mātauranga Māori in the scientific world, is to watch an episode or two from Māori TV’s Project Mātauranga. Project Mātauranga is a television series that celebrates Māori innovation in the science sector. There are thirteen episodes that show how Western Science and Māori knowledge systems are combining to provide solutions to problems. Presented by Dr … Read More

Protecting New Zealand’s natural treasures - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Feb 27, 2016

Tangata Whenua — People of the Land — is the name that Māori call themselves as indigenous New Zealanders, and likely signifies the deep roots they have to this green and blue place of jagged peaks and valleys.  The land sustains us. It carries paths to the future as well as ties to the past: whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te … Read More

What is Mātauranga Māori? - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall 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 … Read More

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