Mātauranga toi

Māori creative arts research

Research expertise

Art and the environment through a mātauranga Māori lens

Whilst working with iwi and hapū (who are leading research for turangawaewae or homelands), we often collaborate with scientists or other experts across a range of disciplines. Vision Mātauranga research raises Māori environmental narratives of place, whilst increasing knowledge around the issues faced by Māori communities today. In particular, our research explores adaptation strategies to address the impact of climate change on coastal Māori communities, through consultation with Māori land- and farm-owners, and by using the Māori knowledge systems of whakapapa (genealogy), hīkoi (walking/talking meetings) and kōrero tuku iho (ancestral knowledge).


Contemporary Māori performance and live art

Our researchers explore Māori kaupapa (themes) in relation to contemporary lives and performance art, and critically investigate the issues relating to the development of Māori art. Our research interacts with the broader Māori community through exhibitions and community programmes.


Design to engage with Māoritanga

We have interdisciplinary design-led research projects aiming to enhance engagement with Māoritanga and Māori values, including creating new learning resources that enhance te reo Māori uptake and learning opportunities.


Māori visual culture

Māori visual culture is a major focus of research, and encompasses diverse practices underpinned by a kaupapa Māori context. Researchers in this area are highly connected to their iwi and hapū communities while maintaining nationally recognised international research and art making practices.



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Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency at Government House

This residency programme was established in 2016 as a partnership between Massey University’s College of Creative Arts and the Office of the Governor General. In the grounds of Government House, a small cottage has been made available for established Māori and Pasifika artists to research and produce new work. The residency aims to encourage and promote indigenous visual arts and to build relationships with our Māori and Pasifika communities.

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Departments and staff

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