• Completed project

Repository of knowledge: mātauranga Māori

We investigated the concept of a digital repository to manage mātauranga Māori gathered by the Challenge.

Project Leader Duration Budget
James Whetu (Whetu Consultancy Group) July 2016 – June 2017 $185,357


We reviewed measures to protect, preserve and record the whakapapa of mātauranga Māori gathered across the Challenge, and explored the appropriateness of a digital repository in this context. 

We investigated similar repositories used overseas and developed templates for use once management frameworks are confirmed, such as:  

  • participant and researcher consent form
  • information collection form
  • information for participant regarding repository.

Our research explored the legal standing and best approach for the development of a digital repository for the Challenge and considered the design and digital elements required. 

We collaborated with Te Tāhū o te Pātaka Whakairinga Kōrero: Next Generation Indigenous Knowledge Project within the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge to develop a process diagram for use by research institutes in collection of mātauranga Māori and recommendations around ethical protocols. 

We discovered that establishing a repository for mātauranga Māori required support from Māori who would be contributing their individual or collective knowledge (traditional and contemporary) on behalf of their whānau, hapū, group/organisation, and/or iwi. Also, we identified the importance of  improving understanding and guidance for researchers within Challenge who are sourcing and using mātauranga Māori. 

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