What is the research about?
Te Whakairo sets a wero (or challenge) for us to think about how Māori and Indigenous world views and knowledges can strengthen our global collective approach to Antarctic science, policy and governance. This research engages hapū and iwi in a kōrero (conversation) about our historical connections to Antarctic land- and seascapes, our aspirations for voice and representation in New Zealand’s Antarctic activities, and how to go about achieving those aspirations.
What are the benefits of participating in the research?
Hapū and iwi will find out how New Zealand engages in the international presence in Antarctica, develop a clear idea on how they want to become involved in the future, and take advantage of the opportunities that arise.
How are we doing the research?
The short film Te Whakairo and the booklet Ka kawe nga kī i te Tonga – To carry the knowledge from the South introduce and frame the kaupapa in an online seminar series that took place in July 2020. All of the seminars are available online. We held two wānanga in September and October 2020 to provide space for a two-way kōrero between communities and researchers.
Who is funding the research?
We are the Vision Mātauranga team in the Ross Sea Research and Monitoring Programme (Ross RAMP), led by NIWA. The Ross RAMP is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE).
Te Pūnaha Matatini are funding the development of the website and broader engagement approach, and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research are also supporting the research team.
Who can participate?
All hapū and iwi, Māori organisations and representative bodies are encouraged to participate in this kaupapa. We have extended formal invitations to many but access and participation is open to anyone who is interested. To participate in the seminar series, wānanga and survey, please register here.