Kaupapa-ā-iwi/Taiao | Working with iwi, hapū and whānau


Toitū te noho: creating healthy relationships with the environment for future generations

The aim of ‘Toitū te noho: creating healthy relationships with the environment for future generations' is for Te Kotahi Research Institute (TKRI) and Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Trust to partner research excellence with key stakeholder groups to co-produce knowledge that achieves multidimensional wellbeing for whānau and hapū in order to restore and reconnect Ngāti Tamaterā (NT) to their ancestral lands.

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Completed Projects


Kua takoto te mānuka: Investigating the commercial potential of Mānuka on Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura lands

'Kua takoto te mānuka' is the investigation into a comprehensive mānuka profitability strategy that will establish priorities, build capacity and capability, and identify a number of staggered opportunities and innovations that will contribute to economic growth and overall wellbeing of the iwi, Ngāti Koroki-Kahukura.

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Te Hau Mihi Ata: Mātauranga Māori, Science & Biotechnology

This project explores ways to link mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge traditions) and western science and technology to tap the potential for innovative thinking that could shape new directions in science.  A collaborative research team of Māori educated in western-based science, and experts in mātauranga Māori, who have been led by Professor Linda Smith, is focusing on novel biotechnologies where there is a clear divergence of views, but where transformational thinking has the potential to deliver innovation. The expectation is that by working together, Māori scientists and mātauranga Māori knowledge holders will create new knowledge that can be used for wealth creation, as well as delivering social, cultural and environmental benefits.  This project is being funded over four years by the Ministry for Science and Innovation.

Strategic Step Change: Māori entities in the science sector

The aim of this project is to look at existing examples of engagement between Māori entities and the science sector to determine where the obstacles are and the means of correcting or preventing them. Our objective is to explore what strategies have been used by Māori entities to deal with the dilemma caused by this misalignment, and how these strategies have potentially changed the rules of engagement and contributed to the growth and development of the entities.  This collaborative project between BERL and Te Kotahi Research Institute is funded by Te Puni Kōkiri.

Te Toi Roa: Towards an Evaluation Methodology for Mana Whenua and Mataawaka Well-Being in Tamaki Makaurau

This scoping project was commissioned by the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) to inform the development of an evaluation methodology for mana whenua and mātaawaka wellbeing in Tāmaki Makaurau. The project aims to identify the issues associated with measuring wellbeing, how Māori outcomes and measures have been included in council planning documents, and a preferred approach for developing a framework of mana whenua and mātaawaka wellbeing.