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A selection of science resources that look at research from a Māori world view and profiles that look closely at the mahi of Māori scientists

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Join us on a voyage of discovery about the technology and innovation that brought people to Aotearoa. Armed with their ancestral knowledge and a bigger vision of science - mātauranga - they created our land of voyagers. These extraordinary engineers, scientists, and mathematicians created the paving stones upon which we stand today. Mathematicians, Paving Stones, Science Resources, World View, Engineers, Scientists, Discovery, Innovation, Knowledge

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Welcome to the Mātauranga Online Learning Platform. We're here to help you tell stories. There's the story of how the America's Cup has always been more than just a boat race, and how innovative thinking has been the secret of New Zealand's success. There's also the story of how today's sailors walk in the footsteps of Kupe, and the science, innovation and technology of our tīpuna.

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Ngā mate Takurua. He mahi rongoā: Winter ailments working with rongoā

Kōura (freshwater crayfish, Paranephrops planifrons, P. zealandicus) are one of Aotearoa’s original inhabitants. They have an ancient lineage that diverged from their Australian relatives about 60–109 million years ago. Because their entire life cycle requires freshwater, kōura are evidence that there has been continuous freshwater in Zealandia ever since our part of Gondwana broke up 60–80 million years ago. As far as our evolutionary history goes, kōura are as significant as tuatara, ... Science Topics, Science Resources, Lineage, World View, Scientific Method, Life Cycles, Breakup, Fresh Water, History

Monitoring kōura – SLH T&L RESOURCE

Kōura (freshwater crayfish, Paranephrops planifrons, P. zealandicus) are one of Aotearoa’s original inhabitants. They have an ancient lineage that diverged from their Australian relatives about 60–109 million years ago. Because their entire life cycle requires freshwater, kōura are evidence that there has been continuous freshwater in Zealandia ever since our part of Gondwana broke up 60–80 million years ago. As far as our evolutionary history goes, kōura are as significant as tuatara, ...

An indicator is something that can be measured or monitored. We use indicators to see changes or trends in things ranging from an individual bird species to large systems like rivers or repo (wetlands). The change can be positive – as with local tūī populations – or it can be negative and cause harm to an organism or an ecosystem – as with koi carp. Māori have monitored their local environment for centuries. Mātauranga Māori ... Science Topics, Science Resources, Koi Carp, World View, Bird Species, Rivers, Habitats, Environment, Herbs

Cultural indicators for repo – SLH T&L RESOURCE

An indicator is something that can be measured or monitored. We use indicators to see changes or trends in things ranging from an individual bird species to large systems like rivers or repo (wetlands). The change can be positive – as with local tūī populations – or it can be negative and cause harm to an organism or an ecosystem – as with koi carp. Māori have monitored their local environment for centuries. Mātauranga Māori ...

Kei tēnei pāhekoheko ngā hononga ki ētahi rangahautanga mō ngā rauropi o te repo e kīia nuitia ana he momo noho taonga ki te iwi. He taonga tonu te repo ki a ngāi Māori. Koia te tino kāinga o te huhua noa o ngā tipu, ngā ika, ngā manu me ngā moroiti e noho taonga ana ki te iwi. Waihoki, he maha ngā repo e tāwharau ana i ngā tipu nō reira mai ētahi tino rongoā māori. I ēnei tau 150 kua hori ake nei, he nui ake i te 90% o ngā repo o Aotearoa kua ngaro i te mata o Papatūānuku. Science Topics, Science Resources, World View, Scientific Method, Learning, Maori, Studying, Teaching, Onderwijs

Te whakamahi i ngā rauemi o Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repo hei whakarite ara whakaako

Kei tēnei pāhekoheko ngā hononga ki ētahi rangahautanga mō ngā rauropi o te repo e kīia nuitia ana he momo noho taonga ki te iwi.

Wetland research at Manaaki Whenua aims to help New Zealanders by providing scientifically-based tools and guidelines to identify, manage, and restore wetlands. Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland, first published in 2017. The first of its kind, this cultural wetland handbook has become a valued resource . Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repo – Online educational wetland resources, was launched on WWD 2021, and created collaboratively with the Science Learning Hub. Science Topics, Science Resources, World Wetlands Day, World View, Scientific Method, Restore, The Voice, How To Become, Culture

Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland – MANAAKI WHENUA WEBINAR

Wetland research at Manaaki Whenua aims to help New Zealanders by providing scientifically-based tools and guidelines to identify, manage, and restore wetlands. Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland, first published in 2017. The first of its kind, this cultural wetland handbook has become a valued resource . Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repo – Online educational wetland resources, was launched on WWD 2021, and created collaboratively with the Science Learning Hub.

Despite long-standing calls to increase diversity on university campuses, Indigenous researchers remain poorly represented in academia, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. For example, Maori people make up about 17% of the population of New Zealand, but the percentage of Maori academic researchers is much lower. A 2019 study found that Maori researchers comprise less than 5% of the full-time academic workforce at New Zealand’s eight universities. Science Resources, Teaching Science, Stem Fields, Maori People, Indigenous Communities, Research, Knowledge, Native American, Battle

How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge

Researchers from Native American and Indigenous communities explain how colleagues and institutions can help them to battle marginalization.

Commercial mussel lines are great at catching mussel spat, but are made of plastic. The Awhi Mai Awhi Atu project, ...is investigating the feasibility of using natural fibre lines to help restore kuku/mussel beds in Ōhiwa Harbour. In 2007 there were 112 million baby kuku in a continuous 2km reef – by 2019 there were less than 80,000 in the entire harbour. Kuku, also called kutai, are a taonga (treasured) species for the local iwi, and crucial to the health of this ecosystem. Science Resources, World View, Mussels, Restore, The Locals, Sustainability, Beds, Restoration, Commercial

Early signs of success at mussel ‘restoration stations’

Commercial mussel lines are great at catching mussel spat, but are predominantly made of plastic. The Awhi Mai Awhi Atu project, led by Associate Professor Kura Paul-Burke (University of Waikato), is investigating the feasibility of using natural fibre lines to help restore kuku/mussel beds in Ōhiwa Harbour. In 2007 there were 112 million baby kuku in a continuous 2km reef – by 2019 there were less than 80,000 in the entire harbour. Kuku, also called kutai, are a taonga (treasured) species…

Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui) is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland who studies how to apply Māori knowledge to climate problems. When it comes to adapting to shifting climates, he says, indigenous knowledge can help all NZers cope. I always had a love for knowing, and in particular knowing the natural world. I was always asking my parents, why, what's there, how do we know? They were so patient with me. So going to university to study science was always... Dan Walker, Indigenous Knowledge, Command And Control, Going To University, Weather And Climate, Best Windows, The New Normal, World View, Polo Ralph Lauren

'People say summer is early — that would never happen in a Māori world view'

Dan Hikuroa says indigenous knowledge can help New Zealand cope with a new normal. Here is how.

In one day with her kaumatua (elder) on the southern shores of Lake Taupō, Yvonne Taura (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) found her future career ambition was to raise awareness in restoring New Zealand’s wetlands back to health. Now a kairangahau Māori (Māori researcher) at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research in Hamilton... Science Topics, Science Resources, Future Career, World View, Career Path, Creative Art, How To Become, Ambition, Hamilton

Reconnecting with taha Māori on the shores of Lake Taupō

In one day with her kaumatua (elder) on the southern shores of Lake Taupō, Yvonne Taura (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) found her future career ambition was to raise awareness in restoring New Zealand’s wetlands back to health. In 2002 and in the middle of an identity crisis, Yvonne Taura returned home to Aotearoa from Australia. She sought refuge at Pākā (Hallets Bay – Tūrangi) with her whāngai parents; her namesake and Aunt, Yvonne, and Uncle Te…

Te toto o te tangata he kai, te oranga o te tangata, he whenua, he oneone Whole food provides the blood in our veins, our wellbeing is drawn from the land and soils Mana Whenua is a 55-page publication documenting an art and mātauranga exchange undertaken by a cross section of Māori artists working with whenua in their art practices. Published by Sarah Hudson, September 2020 Earth Pigments, Artist At Work, Creative, Blood, Prints, September, Gift Ideas, Maori

Kauae Raro

Te toto o te tangata he kai, te oranga o te tangata, he whenua, he oneone Whole food provides the blood in our veins, our wellbeing is drawn from the land and soils Mana Whenua is a 55-page publication documenting an art and mātauranga exchange undertaken by a cross section of Māori artists working with whenua in their art practices. Soft cover, 55-pages, 18.5cm x 26cm Printed on FSC approved sustainable paper stock Mana Whenua was generously supported by Creative New Zealand Published…

It’s incredible what one conversation with the right person can do. For marine biologist Dr John Pirker, a kōrero around his neighbour’s kitchen table, with a few of his Ngāi Tahu kaumātua, set him on the path of becoming a scientist. Dr Pirker is now on a mission to ‘ignite the flame of learning’ in today’s rangatahi. Learn more in our latest episode of UC Science Radio. Science Resources, Activities, Doctor Johns, Environmental Education, Biologist, World View, New Zealand, Conversation, How To Become

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It’s incredible what one conversation with the right person can do. For marine biologist Dr John Pirker, a kōrero around his neighbour’s kitchen table, with a few of his Ngāi Tahu kaumātua, set him on the path of becoming a scientist. Dr Pirker is now on a mission to ‘ignite the flame of learning’ in today’s rangatahi. Learn more in our latest episode of UC Science Radio.

Dr Shaun Awatere discusses some of the impacts climate change will pose to mātauranga Māori, using the maramataka as an example. Science Resources, Climate Change, Islands, Poses, This Or That Questions, Maori, Figure Poses

The impact of climate change and mātauranga Māori

Shaun Awatere discusses some of the impacts climate change will pose to mātauranga Māori, using the maramataka as an example. Questions for discussion: How is climate change adding uncertainty to the maramataka? How might climate change impact the ability to manaaki?

Knowledge of tohu – biophysical indicators – has been passed down from tūpuna over many generations. From years of observation and tracking changes in the environment, Māori have developed an understanding of local environments and processes. Tohu are passed down through kōrero tuku iho, karakia, pūrākau, whakataukī and waiata. They allow access to the memories of tūpuna and can provide a snapshot of what te taiao looked like in the past. Weather And Climate, Climate Change, Science Resources, Teaching Resources, World View, Habitats, New Zealand, The Past, Environment

Māori ways of knowing weather and climate — SLH T&L RESOURCE

Knowledge of tohu – biophysical indicators – has been passed down from tūpuna over many generations. From years of observation and tracking changes in the environment, Māori have developed an understanding of local environments and processes. Tohu are passed down through kōrero tuku iho, karakia, pūrākau, whakataukī and waiata. They allow access to the memories of tūpuna and can provide a snapshot of what te taiao looked like in the past.

Climate change threatens the loss of culturally significant land, taonga species and resources affecting the perpetuity of mātauranga and tikanga Māori. Science Resources, World View, Climate Change, Islands, Presentation, Maori

Why climate change matters to Māori — SLH T&L RESOURCE

Climate change threatens the loss of culturally significant land, taonga species and resources affecting the perpetuity of mātauranga and tikanga Māori.

We seek the wisdom of Aboriginal leaders with their deep knowledge of Country as we explore how to be a university with place at the centre of its thinking. The University of Tasmania is Indigenising its curriculum. Other universities, in Australia and overseas, are also taking this path. This is in line with recommendations of the 2012 Behrendt Review and commitments made in the Universities Australia Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020. Indigenous Knowledge, Science Resources, World View, Tasmania, Case Study, Curriculum, Explore, Centre

How a university can embed Indigenous knowledge into the curriculum and why it matters

Australian universities have committed to a process of Indigenisation. The University of Tasmania provides a case study in how to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into academic programs.