Nature, culture, design, contemporary art and science
Using the knowledge systems of whakapapa (genealogy), hīkoi (walking) and kōrero tuku iho (ancestral knowledge) to activate community understandings of and responses to climate change.
Ko ngā mahi inaianei hei oranga mo rātou apopo | For those who will benefit from our efforts today
Eight Māori-led science projects have been or are currently funded through the Vision Mātauranga science programme of the Deep South Challenge. These projects are investigating climate change impacts and opportunities for iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori business. Together they represent the largest ever Māori-led research effort into the implications of changing climate conditions for Māori society.
Vision Mātauranga underpins the Deep South Challenge’s governance and management structure, as well as the entire spectrum of our research and engagement work.
It’s also a standalone science programme, supported by a committed Kāhui of prominent Māori researchers. Our whakapapa helps us respond to voices from across the Māori world. We know that climate research must be focussed on finding practical and sustainable options for Māori and for the country in general.
The projects within the Vision Mātauranga science programme investigate climate change links, pressure points and adaptation strategies for Māori communities and business. They’re also considering new products, services and systems derived from mātauranga Māori.
Each project draws on distinct research methods – mātauranga Māori, science, art, design and even games – to unlock collective knowledge and shape conversations about our future climate. These projects all help to strengthen connections and knowledge exchange among Māori and the wider science community.
Given the intergenerational responsibilities Māori have to our own communities and to the living world, questions surrounding how we will deal with climate change are critically important. Tremendous advances in research and learning have been made, but much more remains to be done. We hope these highly collaborative projects will contribute new research capacity, capability and leadership to identify opportunities and pursue actions to manage future climate risks.
Latest news and updates
With Dave Frame, Belinda Storey and David Fleming
Climate change is already making day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive, both for ordinary New Zealanders and for our local and central governments. New Zealanders are increasingly interested in climate adaptation strategies. Conversations about the cost of early adaptation versus the risk of delayed action are growing in volume.
Deep South Challenge symposium created opportunities for researchers to hear directly from end-users
Remember our September symposium at Te Wharewaka ō Pōneke? Well, results are in from the surveys of participants we carried out to find out how well our aims for the symposium had been met.
2018 may well be the year New Zealand gets serious about adapting to our changing climate. Last year, and the start of this one, gave all of us plenty of opportunities to experience a future in which creeping sea level rise and extreme weather – from drought to flood to surprise storm surges – make day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive.