Vision Mātauranga


Contributing innovative, practical and sustainable climate adaptation solutions for Māori and all New Zealanders.

Ko ngā mahi inaianei hei oranga mo rātou apopo | For those who will benefit from our efforts today

Eight Māori-led science projects have been or are currently funded through the Vision Mātauranga science programme of the Deep South Challenge. These projects are investigating climate change impacts and opportunities for iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori business. Together they represent the largest ever Māori-led research effort into the implications of changing climate conditions for Māori society.

Vision Mātauranga underpins the Deep South Challenge’s governance and management structure, as well as the entire spectrum of our research and engagement work.

It’s also a standalone science programme, supported by a committed Kāhui of prominent Māori researchers. Our whakapapa helps us respond to voices from across the Māori world. We know that climate research must be focussed on finding practical and sustainable options for Māori and for the country in general.

The projects within the Vision Mātauranga science programme investigate climate change links, pressure points and adaptation strategies for Māori communities and business. They’re also considering new products, services and systems derived from mātauranga Māori.

Each project draws on distinct research methods – mātauranga Māori, science, art, design and even games – to unlock collective knowledge and shape conversations about our future climate. These projects all help to strengthen connections and knowledge exchange among Māori and the wider science community.

Given the intergenerational responsibilities Māori have to our own communities and to the living world, questions surrounding how we will deal with climate change are critically important. Tremendous advances in research and learning have been made, but much more remains to be done. We hope these highly collaborative projects will contribute new research capacity, capability and leadership to identify opportunities and pursue actions to manage future climate risks.

Vision Mātauranga Science Projects

Science lead

The science lead for this programme is Darren Ngaru King (Ngāti Raukawa).


Check out the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment's Vision Mātauranga Policy here.

Latest news and updates

Creating a climate-safe Dunedin through community-driven climate action

2018 may well be the year New Zealand gets serious about adapting to our changing climate. Last year, and the start of this one, gave all of us plenty of opportunities to experience a future in which creeping sea level rise and extreme weather – from drought to flood to surprise storm surges – make day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive.

The Deep South Challenge awards funding to investigate climate-resilient, high-value crops for the whānau of Omaio

The whānau of Omaio in the Bay of Plenty have joined forces with NIWA researchers to explore the viability of climate-resilient, high-value crops for the rohe. The group has won a $250,000 research grant under the Vision Mātauranga programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge to better understand Omaio’s changing climate and how it might support the community to create a local economy based around a high-value product like kiwi fruit.

“Gaining traction on intractable issues”: An interview with Partnerships Director Susan Livengood

Susan Livengood is the Partnerships Director of the Deep South Challenge, and works within the Engagement programme – which tries to connect what’s happening in every programme of the challenge with both the broader public and with targeted individuals and organisations throughout New Zealand’s public and private sectors.