• Full project

    Project commenced:

    The overarching research questions for this platform are:

    Dr Maria Bargh
    Tame Malcolm
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The research question for this platform project are:

    Dr Anne-Marie Jackson
    Dr Ocean Mercier
  • Full project

    Project commenced:


    What digital platforms could support a collective approach to Te Tai Ao?
    How could this be managed; practically and using what protocols?

    What are the potential uses and benefits of these platforms locally, nationally and internationally?
    What are the potential Te Tai Ao future needs of iwi/hapū that need to be addressed in the digital platform considerations?
    What opportunities are there for Indigenous digital solution platform that can be developed and implemented in communities?


    Dr Hauiti Hākopa
    Dr Acushla Dee Sciasia
  • Full project Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama - Scoping Excellence

    Project commenced:

    How can the synthesis of kaitiakitanga and green polymer science enhance and protect the mauri of water in Aotearoa?

    How can innovative polymer technologies protect and improve the mauri, wairua and kaitiakitanga of water in rural Māori communities?

    This project will conduct research into the impacts from septic tank seepage. This problem is both out-of-sight and out-of-mind but has a major impact in rural and coastal locations where traditionally, Māori have located their mahinga kai, sourced kai moana and accessed fresh water.

    Dr Marama Muru-Lanning
  • Case study

    Project commenced:

    Te Aho Tapu

    What are the links between environmental integrity and the health, wellbeing and wealth of Indigenous communities?

    Ensuring the sustainable management of our natural resources is increasingly becoming an issue of national and international concern, and understandably so.

    Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes FRSNZ
    Dr Garth Harmsworth
    Dr Gail Tipa
    Associate Professor Tim McCreanor
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    What can be learnt and applied now from traditional knowledge and adaptation to future environmental and resource issues?

    This project seeks to understand how quickly early Māori society changed from its initial wasteful use of environmental resources soon after the Polynesian migrations, to then live within its ecological means in the face of resource decline pressures. These pressures were largely caused by ongoing extinctions and depletion, compounded by adverse climate change during the period 1350-1900.

    Dr Joseph Te Rito
    Dr James Ataria
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    How can New Zealand’s state legal system recalibrate to challenge the Crown’s assumption of sovereignty over lands and waters treasured by Māori?

    Drawing on the research findings of the other Te Tai Ao foundational projects, this project will lead to new laws, policies, plans and models for government and iwi/Māori communities, and will enable Māori to reassert traditional knowledge in governing land, water and resources to better enable flourishing Māori health, wellbeing and prosperity. 

    Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ
    Dr Phil Lyver
    Dr Kepa Morgan
  • Kia Tō Kia Tipu - Seeding Excellence

    Project commenced:

    How can a pūtaiao ‘living laboratory’ approach that uses local learning environments help rangatahi Māori reclaim science in Te Hiku?

    Our aim is to “science-up” Māori communities by exploring the untapped potential of our

  • Scoping project

    Project commenced:

    Our main question is ‘do hapū and Iwi  views  and practices provide an alternative paradigm to New Zealand’s biosecurity system to better protect our taonga species?

    Dr Amanda Black
    Melanie Mark-Shadbolt
  • Full project

    Project commenced:

    The original research pilot for this project arose out of a desire to make the transition for many whānau relocating from their city/urban lives back home, as comfortable as possible. It was felt that this could be best achieved by facilitating access to innovative solutions for essential infrastructure technologies, which would enhance the quality of life (and death) experienced by our whānau. To this end the project identified needs related to water capture and storage, energy generation and waste management.

    Dr Kepa Morgan