Vision Mātauranga funding round delayed until July 2019


Illustration of marae community with sea-level rise

Last last year, we indicated our plan to release a Vision Mātauranga funding round early in 2019. This funding round supports research within the Māori Domain of the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate. We want to let you know that this funding round will now open in July 2019. 

Some iwi partners have requested a longer lead time to develop research proposals. Delaying this funding round also means we can bring research in our Māori Domain on to the same timetable as our other Domains research (Communities, Infrastructure, National Economy). We hope this will also encourage meaningful cross-fertilisation with other Deep South Challenge research projects in development, including research rooted in tikanga and te reo Māori.

We’ll be holding research development workshops for all Domains in July 2019. We will also be dedicating time at our May 2019 Conference to reflect on the challenges and opportunities identified in our first phase of Vision Mātauranga research. We encourage all interested researchers to begin developing your research proposals and research teams now. We also encourage you to reach out to our Vision Mātauranga Programme Lead, Sandy Morrison, to talk about your research idea. 

The Deep South Challenge has four years of successful kaupapa Māori climate adaptation research under our belt and we encourage innovation, interdisciplinarity and co-creation in Māori-led projects. We will be looking for projects that contribute substantive and transformative outcomes for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand through one or more of these five research themes:

  1. Understanding climate change: linkages, pressure points and potential responses
  2. Exploring adaptation options for rural and urban Māori communities
  3. Aiding the decision-making and long-term sustainability of Māori businesses
  4. Investigating products, services and systems derived from Mātauranga Māori (including Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori and new technologies)
  5. Promoting sustainable futures

Check out our Research Strategy here.