Māori-led Recommendations for the NZ Science System

Dr William John Martin - IIRC20
Friday, November 20, 2020

Vision Mātauranga is New Zealand’s policy for enabling indigenous (Māori) people and knowledges within the government-supported science system. Formulated in 2005, the policy aimed to “unlock the innovation potential with Māori knowledge, resources and people.” Since its launch and implementation, no assessment has been undertaken of its effectiveness or failures. In 2019, a group of Senior Māori Researchers called the Rauika Māngai, representing 12 national research organisations, convened a hui (gathering) of 100+ Māori working across the science research sector to discuss the effectiveness of this policy. Formulated and led entirely by Māori, the hui produced best practice-recommendations to enable the empowerment of Māori knowledge, people, and resources within the science sector. The double-shift labour of Māori researchers was highlighted as an issue of concern, along with the need for the science system to legitimise Māori science knowledge, its knowledge holders, and to have Māori as assessors of Māori research quality. Among its system-level recommendations, the hui highlighted the need to employ an engaged Treaty relationship across the science sector. This presentation will outline the Māori-led recommendations arising from this hui that now comprise a recently published report, A Guide to Vision Mātauranga: Lessons from Māori Voices in the New Zealand Science Sector. 

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