Harakeke in front of carved entrance

Anō te pai | Thought leadership

Anō te pai, te āhuareka o te nohotahi o ngā tuakana me ngā teina i runga i te whakaaro kotahi

Te Kotahi Research Institute supports initiatives and spaces for thought leadership particularly in the areas of Mātauranga Māori, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, and Indigenous Genomics.

Mātauranga Māori

Te Ahu o Rehua connects expertise across the fields of climate change, marine science, ocean health, and non-instrument navigation as part of a network for Cross Cultural Ocean Knowledge.

Indigenous data sovereignty

ENRICH supports development of Indigenous based protocols, Indigenous centered standard setting mechanisms, and machine-focused technology that inform policy, transform institutional and research practices, and reform relationships between Indigenous communities and wider society.

Indigenous genomics

Local Contexts is an initiative to support Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous communities in the management of their intellectual property and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment. Local Contexts delivers Traditional Knowledge Labels, which connect tikanga to mātaraunga Māori in digital environments, and Biocultural Labels, which maintain indigenous rights to data derived from genetic resources.  See here for March 2021 webinar Recognising Indigenous Rights in Digital Sequence Information by Maui Hudson

Internship programme

SING Aotearoa is a week-long residential internship programme designed to develop indigenous understanding of genomics through knowledge and experience in wet-labs (biological samples, DNA), dry labs (computer analysis, biostatistics) and simulation labs (cultural and ethical scenarios). SING Aotearoa is part of the SING Consortium and hosted the inaugural SING Indigenous Genomics Conference in 2020.

Recent publications

Anderson, J., & Hudson, M. (2020). The Biocultural Labels Initiative: Supporting Indigenous rights in data derived from genetic resources. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards4, e59230.

Caron, N. R., Chongo, M., Hudson, M., Arbour, L., Wasserman, W. W., Robertson, S., Correard, S., & Wilcox, P. (2020). Indigenous genomic databases: Pragmatic considerations and cultural contexts. Frontiers in Public Health8.

Hudson, M., Garrison, N. A., Sterling, R., Caron, N. R., Fox, K., Yracheta, J., Anderson, J., Wilcox, P., Arbour, L., Brown, A., Taualii, M., Kukutai, T., Haring, R., Te Aika, B., Baynam, G. S., Dearden, P. K., Chagné, D., Malhi, R. S., Garba, I., … Carroll, S. R. (2020). Rights, interests and expectations: Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data. Nature Reviews Genetics21(6), 377–384.