Indigenous Knowledge and development



Indigenous Knowledge - specifically mātauranga Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand - is an extraordinary taonga or treasure. Its origins lie with knowledge brought by our Polynesian forebears to these islands in approximately 1350. It changed according to life here and changed again, dramatically so, following European colonisation. There has been a tremendous loss of mātauranga Māori over the past 160 years, however, it never entirely disappeared. Important fragments and portions of mātauranga Māori remain today and it these precious mōrehu or survivors are catalysing a new creative period in the life of this knowledge. Mātauranga Māori is responsible for some of the most distinctive aspects of Aotearoa-New Zealand life, culture, economy and society.

There is a significant interest in mātauranga Māori/indigenous knowledge in Aotearoa-New Zealand and I work as a consultant and researcher concerning mātauranga Māori, including the following:

  • Consultancy advice to a range of public and private entities concerning aspects of mātauranga Māori, particularly in the arts, heritage and education.

  • Conduct research concerning mātauranga Māori, particularly in iwi/hapū/whānau settings and contexts.

Some examples include the following:

  • Advancing Whare Tapere as a distinctive iwi/Māori theatre and performing arts organisation and experience.

  • The Application/Expression of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand’s cultural institutions and organisations

  • National policy regarding New Zealand’s research, science and technology system and the ‘innovation potential’ of iwi/Māori communities. See Vision Mātauranga.

Read more about my background here.