Vision Mātauranga

A tui resting on some flax flowers

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

DSC Seminar #3: Dr Huhana Smith on Climate Change and Coastal Māori Communities

“We need to keep designing opportunities for iwi and hapū to see the potential of what adaptive change can look like.”—Dr Huhana Smith

DSC Seminar #2: Dr Jonny Williams and the NZ earth system model

In the second of the Deep South Challenge seminar series, Jonny will introduce us to climate and earth system modelling, show how the NZESM fits within the Deep South Challenge and discuss how the NZESM contributes to understanding our climate future.

Deep South proud to support new science journalism fund

The Deep South Challenge is proud to be supporting the new Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund - the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders.