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Te Kotahi-led projects
We are leading a range of projects around mātauranga Māori and Indigenous data sovereignty.
Tikanga in Technology
MBIE has funded the Tikanga in Technology (TinT) research programme. Our programme will address the challenge of data classification, provenance, and valuation when sharing Indigenous data across systems. Drawing on Māori tikanga relating to the creation, protection, and sharing of knowledge, we will develop technologies to support wise decision-making through data governance.
Data science is creating an immersive digitally enabled society and the challenge for Indigenous communities is to thrive within this digital future. The opportunity lies both in embedding a Te Ao Māori conceptual lens into data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and visualisation, and in using these methods to enhance Māori distinctiveness.
Click here for more information on the Tikanga in Technology project and the Whāki Webinar Series.
Māori IP, Mātauranga Māori and Māori Data
This project is jointly funded by Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge and Genomics Aotearoa. It explores Māori rights and interests with respect to Māori data, genomic data and mātauranga Māori. The research considers the various national legislation and international agreements that comprise New Zealand’s Intellectual Property Rights regime (IPR). A report has recently been released by Te Kotahi Research Intitute regarding Māori IP.
Understanding Māori Rights and Interests in Intellectual Property arising from Research and Innovation.,
Aotearoa Local Contexts Pilot Project
Project funded by TPK to support NZ based beta testing for the Local Contexts Hub, the Development of Online Educational Resources, and Piloting Use-Cases with Iwi (Whakatōhea, Te Roroa, Ngāti Maru, Te Kāhui o Taranaki Iwi Trust). Participation in launch of Local Contexts Indigenous Communities working group.
A grant has been approved to support ENRICH to scale up the TK/BC Labels Initiative with NYU. The goals of the Planning Grant are to ensure:
- Indigenous communities have a clear understanding and culturally appropriate pathways for using the Local Contexts Hub for developing their TK Labels;
- Communities, researchers, and institutions have accessible information and instruction for using the platform for the ethical and responsible early identification of Indigenous rights and interests, creating long term capacity for engaging with Indigenous communities on collections;
- Collections managers and institutions understand and can initiate use of the platform for identifying and making findable Indigenous collections and data for Indigenous communities alongside managing ethical accessibility to their Indigenous collections
Model Data Sovereignty Agreements
This internship project focuses on the development of a model data sovereignty agreement for tribal users of Traditional Knowledge Labels and Biocultural Labels within the Local Contexts Hub. This will involve drafting an agreement will allow outline key IDSov principles around the use of data within the Local Contexts Hub. It will explain the authorised uses of the Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Label icons used by Iwi, making clear the rights that each Iwi retains over the unique text that accompanies their labels.
Te Kotahi Research Institute is currently supporting a diverse work program with interdisciplinary research projects.
Jason acting on Vision Mātauranga Leadership Group (VMLG)
Indigenising the blue economy in Aotearoa project partners with Māori authorities (iwi and pan-iwi entities and Māori enterprises to explore and to support Māori who aspire to a blue economy imbued with mātauranga Māori, treaty principles, and a focus on Māori wellbeing, human potential and relational balance with Tangaroa as our tīpuna.
- Māori Marine Economy paper
- Emanating from a Māori world view and informed by traditional Māori economics, the term ‘economy of mana’ was first introduced by the late renowned Māori academic, Professor Mānuka Hēnare. Since its introduction, Māori academics have gone on to study Professor Hēnare’s theory to further advance Māori economic research and development. We have the opportunity to build an equitable, reciprocal and mana-enhancing future for all. Dr Jason Mika and Tania Pouwhare shared their whakaaro on how the social and economic sectors could create better outcomes for our most marginalized communities.
Economy of mana for Southern Initiative Series with Shane Te Pou
Cerasela Stancu and Jason delivered today on financing restorative marine economies, for Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge:
Interview with The Context: Asia-Pacific on indigenous blue economy
He Oranga Whānau: mahi ngātahi whānau
He Oranga Whānau: mahi ngātahi whānau livelihoods within the context of work and Māori economies of wellbeing for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Research to understand how wellbeing economies can contribute to flourishing whānau-hapū futures and what economic theories intersect and align with Māori approaches to wellbeing economics. Report on how iwi, hapū and hapori along with policy makers, government agencies and other organisations can better ensure whānau are not inhibited from achieving mana motuhake in a world of intensifying uncertainty.
Maximising Older People in Work
Kaitaki Intelligence Platforms for Our Land and Water
Kaitaki Intelligence Platforms for Our Land and Water
Aims to establish leading Māori post-settlement governance entities and Māori Land Incorporations and Trusts as the national first-movers in precision and high-resolution environmental monitoring. This will provide these entities with the rapid and accurate feedback monitoring required to confidently operate their Agri food businesses within Māori values and ethics. Perhaps more importantly it positions these bodies to lead, and create, the Kaitiaki Intelligence Platforms (KIPs) needed to establish a sustainable agri-food economy built on mātauranga Māori. This project will provide these entities with an outline of the range and mix available technologies required to build KIPs, and the investment required to deploy the technologies. It is anticipated that KIPs will enable Māori Agri food enterprises to: communicate and authenticate indigenous production values to consumers - attracting premiums for product; communicate and verify indigenous production values to impact investors, while providing risk assurance to banks and green financiers; automate environmental reporting to regulators and industry assurance programmes; and provide iwi with accurate environmental monitoring information to inform iwi management plans and policies.
SfTI NSC - Veracity
Maui Hudson is the VM lead for the Veracity Spearhead Project (led by Victoria) for SfTI focusing on Veracity in the context of decentralised systems. The project includes conceptual approaches to tagging Māori data using Traditional Knowledge Labels (TK Labels) in order to identify and trace traditional knowledge that can be applied to indigenous cultures across the world. The Veracity Spearhead research project will help develop the technical data science solutions to maintain transparency and veracity around Māori provenance as it moves through the data ecosystems using the TK labels and includes an Indigenous Data TK/BC labels use-case.
University of Waikato Strategic Research Fund - Pātai: Questioning Te Reo Māori Internet Search
Collaborative project with School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences to identify the specific information needs and search habits of Māori children. The project will involve observation studies of tamariki conducting internet search in three Kura Kaupapa in Hamilton. These studies will provide insights into similarities and differences in information practices of school children in Māori medium schools compared to public schools. It will also identify the characteristics of Māori information needs that must be addressed by tailored search engines with culturally specific user groups and develop the Q-Engine software necessary for internet search in Te Reo Māori environments. TKRI is part of the advisory team to the lead researcher.
The Moana Project is an MBIE-funded programme led by MetService to improve our understanding of coastal ocean circulation, connectivity and marine heatwaves to provide information that supports sustainable growth of the seafood industry (Māori, fisheries and aquaculture).
Project partners will build bridges to ensure this new knowledge informs regional marine policy and management. TKRI leads the He Papa Moana research theme which anchors the project in mātauranga Māori, facilitating exchange of oceanographic knowledge between Te Ao Māori and western science in collaboration with Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board.
Turbo-breeding NZ’s Plant Industries
This MBIE-funded project led by Plant & Food Research aims to accelerate plant breeding using gene-editing technologies. TKRI is leading the research aim developing the co-innovation interface which explores Māori perspectives on gene-editing and the potential for gene-editing tools to contribute to Māori outcomes.
Nature Article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-022-01104-9
Minderoo Foundation and ENRICH Global Chairs
The Minderoo Foundation funds the ENRICH Global Chairs Initiative which supports Indigenous and allied scholars to undertake three months of network building, outreach and ENRICH vision initiatives within their national and regional contexts. The ENRICH Global Chairs will also build infrastructure for regional hubs through engagements and topic-based workshops, talks with researchers, agencies and communities.
The ENRICH Global Chairs for 2020/2021 are Professor Maggie Walter (University of Tasmania) and Associate Professor Jane Anderson (New York University). Assistant Professor Stephanie Carroll (University of Arizona) and Associate Professor Maui Hudson (University of Waikato) are designated Global Chairs for 2021. The Minderoo Foundation funds two Global Chairs annually (2020-2024).
Team members from Te Kotahi Research Institute are providing advice and guidance to organisations that are evaluating their operating standards and ethics. Some of these consultancy services focus on Māori data sovereignty audits, Māori engagement and impact assessments.
Counties Manukau Health
Assessment of Māori engagement and research review processes.
Scoping of emerging issues arising in healthcare relating to Māori research and researchers.
Developed a Maori Ethical Framework for Te Pukenga to test in 2022. The ethical framework will provide guidance for teaching and research at the Institute in line with Te Pukenga’s Charter and stated objectives. It is an opportunity to create a framework that gently directs (most – if not all) Te Pūkenga research down the line that is of benefit to Māori and Pacific communities.
Breast Cancer Foundation
Evaluated the Breast Cancer Register’s operating standards using the Maori Data Audit Tool.
NZ Cerebral Palsy Register - Maori Data Audit
Advising the NZ Cerebral Palsy Register around Māori Data Sovereignty and applying the Māori Data Audit Tool to evaluate their operating standards.
Check out our completed projects on our recent mahi page
Māori Perspectives on Automated Decision-Making
This project funded by the Digital Council looked at Māori perspectives on trust and automated decision making. The research contributed to the Digitial Council's work on technological issues facing New Zealand relating to trust. This project explored the understanding of the trust Māori have in automated decision-making technologies and how this influences perceptions of the harm and benefit of technology.
Traditional Knowldege (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels
Te Tuakiri o te Taonga
This Catalyst Seeding Fund project created the Aotearoa Biocultural Labels Working Group (ABLWG) and introduced the Traditional Knowledge (TK) Label project to New Zealand. One of the primary responsibilities for the ABLWG has been to test the application of the new Biocultural (BC) Labels to genetic resources and genomic data in institutions.
Biocultural Labels Initiative
This University of Waikato Strategic Investment Fund project supports the development of the Biocultural Labels Initiative which focuses on how to practically encode Indigenous provenance information and cultural responsibilities into research data, including Digital Sequence Information (DSI) for genetic resources. This initiative provides a practical application of Indigenous data sovereignty principles to issues of access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources.
Traditional Knowledge Licenses
This internship project focuses on the development of Traditional Knowledge (TK) licenses. Unlike current Creative Commons licenses, TK licenses create the possibility for collective ownership and authority. They also have capacity to incorporate cultural protocols and expectations around future use of traditional knowledge.
While the TK Labels are an innovation in the field of intellectual property law, we anticipate that the TK Licenses will extend this work to create a legally binding strategy for communities to maintain control and authority over important traditional knowledge that is shared in research and commercial contexts.
NPM Community Engagement Grant - Accordion Begin
The aim of the ‘Koi te mata punenga: Informing priorities for research and capacity building’ project is to understand Iwi priorities for research and identify different pathways for research and capacity building. We will hold meetings with 3 x Iwi (Te Arawa, Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Maniapoto) to co-design community-based processes for identifying research and capacity needs which will inform future collaboration activities. The Iwi projects online information collection and/or knowledge transfer and vary from IP in aquaculture, health research in preparation for introduction of Māori Health Authority and iwi communication and digital storage.
Cultural Health Indicators for Lakes
Delivery of Cultural Health Indicators for Lakes unfinished critical milestone from MBIE Project. Completed this critical step (CS), by aligning work undertaken by the Lake Resilience programme and its predecessor Lakes Restoration OBI (2005-2015), with the work of Te Arawa Lakes Trust (TALT). Final report to MBIE submitted in August. TKRI supporting PhD following up on this work with Nico Donovan-Pereira on Mātauranga Informed Freshwater Management in the Te Arawa rohe.
The Usefulness of Existing Aquatic Ecosystem Models
Cultural Indicators and Frameworks Report
Transitions in Mine Closures
Collaboration with Dr Mere Berryman to understand Māori views around transitions in mine closures for 3 x communities in Waihi and the South Island. Subcontract connected to a larger project led by University of Queensland which looks at Indigenous communities in Australia and Canada. Funded by OceanaGold. Joint indigenous forum hosted in November 2021 with Canada and Australia.
Final Report on Indigenous Perspectives on Mine Closures.