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Ko te mokopuna me te whenua te whare huinga o te mātauranga
Ko te rangi ko te whenua hai whare huinga mo ngā kokona kāinga o te mātauranga Māori
E rau te pūtahi ki ngā momotu tata, momotu tawhiti ki te mātauranga Māori
Haere ake nei au ko taku whiri kōpae te au e rere ai te kupu
E hau tapu nei te hau, te rongo, kia mau te rongo
Whiri tohu, whiri whāiti
Mā wai rā hai whāngai te mātauranga ki te mokopuna e haere ake nei
Ka taka te marama ki tua o te pae
Ka kohiti e taku mokopuna, haere mai ki to mātauranga nāu ake
Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai mokopuna ki to mātauranga Māori
Ahorangi Taiarahia Black
We have specific expertise in soil genesis and management in relation to Indigenous people’s cultures and traditions.
Expertise in contemporary Māori agribusiness. We look for insights into current activities and opportunities for Maori in the agribusiness sector. In particular the subsectors of horticulture, agriculture, forestry and food innovation are focus areas.
We have a strong environmental focus in research and projects aligned to the natural resources of Aotearoa/New Zealand. In particular we are researching ecological and environmental systems, especially in regard to flora and fauna issues and management. Freshwater, coastal resources, and natural resource policy as it pertains to Māori interests are key focus areas of research and education.
We are developing methods to model and capture indigenous geographic knowledge (which may be qualitative and include representations such as oral histories) and incorporate it in existing environmental monitoring systems, considering Māori worldviews and perspectives of the environment.
Research into the management and production of Māori plants. This work aims to enhance production and agronomy systems, improve Māori vegetable production and maintain traditional varieties, all contributing to future land-use options for Māori.
Massey researchers are working on this Mātauranga Māori project to improve monitoring, planning and managing of risk from natural hazards that will benefit Māori communities at risk.
Development of protocols and conservation community friendly software to enable more effective monitoring of wildlife and outcomes from conservation efforts. We work with iwi/hapu and other end-users in a mātauranga māori environment.
In recent years Massey University has applied funding to support the broad development of plant germplasm collections (living plant collections) which can contribute to Māori interests in horticulture. These collections are mostly being established at Massey but with some satellite activity in the regions and Pacific countries. The primary crops where germplasm is being managed are: Taewa or Māori potatoes, Kumara, kaanga or Indian corn, Taro (NZ and Pacific), kamokamo (a naturalised cucurbit) and kokihi (NZ spinach).
Professor Russell Death was awarded $100,000 from the MBIE Vision Mātauranga fund to develop with Ngāti Whatua o Karipara a traffic light coloured (Figure ; red = poor, green = good) internet map of Kaipara river health. This will allow marae, interest groups or individuals to easily explore the health of their local sites and potential reasons for its current condition upstream. In turn this will hopefully identify management actions for improvement.
This project, col-led by Jonathan Procter and Hone Morris, has received nearly $3 million in funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Endeavour Fund. It will create new ways of translating Māori environmental expertise so it can be added to existing geographic information systems.
In mātauranga Māori the success of kororā (little penguin) populations indicates the health of the coastal environment. Our vision is to develop novel methods for the establishment of new breeding populations of kororā and hence to reverse the current decline of the species. Our studies on kororā biology aim to provide information on the foraging ranges and breeding success of kororā populations, and to support iwi to exercise kaitiakitanga over their local marine environment.
The Massey team of Jon Procter and Kat Holt worked to collect lakebed cores totalling over 45m in length. The deepest cores from the lake preserve evidence for a major flood or marine inundation event, in the form of a thick sand layer, which may have played a role in the formation of the lake.
The project, funded by Vision Mātauranga, is now obtaining radiocarbon dates for the core and performing analyses to track nutrient levels and sedimentation rates throughout the lifetime of the lake.
New Zealand has a speciose and largely endemic mollusc fauna, meaning that most species have evolved here in response to local conditions. The history of molluscs is also well represented in New Zealand’s rich marine paleontological record. We are studying the evolution of species by combining molecular phylogenetics, based on DNA, with geometric morphometrics of shell shape. This integrative approach allows us to determine species boundaries and evolutionary relationships in greater detail. With such integrated datasets we can then investigate rates and patterns of evolution, and relate these to mechanisms that have driven natural selection of the species living today.
This project is about unlocking Māori potential through horticulture in New Zealand and ensuring food security for what can be termed 'Māori' foods. Most traditional Māori foods are relegated to small scale production systems which meet the primary cultural needs of manaakitanga and health. However there is a growing need for individuals or groups who hold both the mātauranga and plant materials (seeds, parent plants, roots etc) to align with good science practices to ensure these factors are not lost for future generations.
A project to examine the whakapapa of Northland brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) is hoping to develop robust metapopulation management for the species.
The project, led by Ngāti Kuta / Patukeha in partnership with Massey University’s Dr Isabel Castro, arose out of concerns from local whanau, hapu, iwi and DoC that some brown kiwi populations on the islands within the Bay of Islands may be inbred. Kiwi are not naturally present on the island and were placed there as a form of protection from extinction through predation and habitat loss. However inbreeding will cause a loss of genetic diversity that may also lead to extinction.
The project will investigate the extent of the problem, contributing to a management plan for the species’ ongoing survival.
Massey scientists are working with local iwi on the environmental monitoring of the use of 1080 in the Tongariro region.
This a two-year project to develop an understanding of the impact of this toxic bait on both the target species (possums, rats and stoats) and on the natural environment. Dr Simon Hills and Professor Murray Potter are the Massey leads on the project, which is setting up the baseline for a longer-term project (ten years) around Mt Ruapehu to assess the ongoing impact of the poison.
Professor Murray Patterson is leading a project focusing on empowering iwi and hapū to be strong partners in the co-management of estuaries in the Tauranga harbour. The project benefits the community and wider New Zealand through improved knowledge of estuarine ecosystem health, resilience and function.
An indicator suite and tool is being developed to measure and infographically represent the opportunities and constraints Māori agribusinesses experience between competing market, legislative, cultural, and social drivers.
This research project is contributing to the understanding of cultural and social implications of growing plants generated by genomic tools. Established co-innovation partnerships provide a vehicle to increase returns on Māori land and enhance Māori wellbeing. This project also contributes into the Summer internship for Indigenous Genomics - Aotearoa. This is an initiative associated with Te Waka o Tama-rereti, an emerging network of Māori with expertise across the fields of genomics, informatics, technology, business and environmental stewardship.