Māori sciences research

Mātauranga pūtaiao

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

Research expertise


We have specific expertise in soil genesis and management in relation to Indigenous people’s cultures and traditions.


Māori agribusiness

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.


Māori environmental management

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.


Māori perspectives and geographic information science

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.


Māori vegetable crops/systems

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.


Natural hazards and Māori communities

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.


Technology development for use in conservation

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.



The PhD is the highest supervised degree Massey University offers.

Doctor of Philosophy

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