Unlocking Māori potential

MBIE understands that Māori success is New Zealand’s success. Unlocking the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources will benefit New Zealand. For this reason we have embedded our Vision Mātauranga policy across all priority investment areas.

The Vision Mātauranga policy

The Vision Mātauranga policy unlocks the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people.

Themes:

  • Indigenous Innovation: Contributing to economic growth through distinctive research and development
  • Taiao / Environment: Achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea
  • Hauora/Health: Improving health and social wellbeing
  • Mātauranga: Exploring indigenous knowledge and science and innovation.

Purpose:

  • To use the science and innovation system to help unlock the potential of Māori knowledge, people and resources for the benefit of New Zealand
  • To recognise Māori as important partners in science and innovation; both as inter-generational guardians of significant natural resources and indigenous knowledge, and owners and managers of commercial assets
  • To build the capability of Māori individuals, businesses, incorporations, rūnanga, trusts, iwi, hapū, and marae to engage with science and innovation
  • To maximise the quality of the relationship between Māori and the Crown through science and innovation through the Treaty of Waitangi.

Read the Vision Mātauranga booklet [PDF 360KB]

Note: The former Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) developed this Vision Mātauranga policy. It remains the guiding policy for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This policy is referrred to in the Request for Proposals for the 2015 science investment round and the Request for Proposals for the National Science Challenges.

Vision Mātauranga in practice

A significant milestone occurred in 2010 when the Minister of Science and Innovation approved the integration of Vision Mātauranga across our investment priority areas, and established the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.

Another milestone occurred in 2011 when Vision Mātauranga policy was incorporated into the Crown research institutes’ (CRIs) Statements of Core Purpose. CRIs are now required to enable the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people as part of their operating principles.

Bringing Vision Mātauranga to life:

  • Investing in Māori-relevant science and innovation through grants to businesses and research organisations.
  • Developing Māori science and innovation capability through partnerships with individuals, businesses, incorporations, rūnanga, trusts, iwi, hapū and marae.
  • Fostering connections between Māori, government, the science system and industry to grow opportunities for Māori science and innovation.
  • Supporting the development of iwi-led research and development strategies.
  • Collaborating with other agencies to develop whole-of-government. approaches.
  • Partnering with the Regional Business Partners to improve collaboration between Māori, researchers and firms to enhance knowledge transfer and business success.