Vision Mātauranga

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Strengthening the capacity and capability of iwi/hapū/whānau and Māori business to deal with climate change impacts, risks and adaptation.

Ko ngā mahi inaianei hei oranga mo rātou apopo.

For those whom we hope will benefit from our efforts today.

The Deep South Challenge will apply the MBIE Vision Mātauranga objectives through strategic planning and research. These efforts will contribute innovative, practical and sustainable solutions for Māori and all New Zealanders.

The Vision Mātauranga programme of research is strengthening connections between Māori and the science system to increase knowledge transfer between these groups, and increase iwi/hapū led research and development strategies.


Strategic elements

Deep South Challenge Vision Mātauranga will be realised through five strategic elements. These strategic elements will help to realise the Mission Statement (and related Policy Objectives) of the Vision Mātauranga framework agreed by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for the Deep South Challenge.

The five elements are:

  • Kaupapa Māori Research Principles
  • Governance Māori
  • Engagement, collaboration and partnerships
  • Research capability, capacity and leadership
  • Transformative context and future-focused research.


Research themes

Vision Mātauranga science projects will be built around four research themes.

  • Understanding climate change - linkages, pressure points and potential responses
  • Exploring adaptation options for Māori communities
  • Assistance to Māori businesses to aid decision-making and long-term sustainability
  • Products, services and systems derived from mātauranga Māori.

It is expected that science projects build upon research advances made to date and foster greater understanding of how climate research can contribute to the aspirations of iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori enterprise.


Vision Mātauranga Science Projects

Programme primary contact and science lead

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



Latest news and updates

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Deep South Challenge - 2017 Contestable Funding Round

The mission of the Deep South National Science Challenge is to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk, and thrive in a changing climate.  Working with communities and industry we will bring together new research approaches to determine the impacts of a changing climate on our climate-sensitive economic sectors, infrastructure and natural resources to guide planning and policy.  This will be underpinned by improved knowledge and observations of climate processes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica - our Deep South - and will include development of a world-class earth systems model to predict Aotearoa-New Zealand's climate.