Vision Mātauranga

Vision Mātauranga aims to unlock the potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people – to help New Zealanders create a better future.

It is a Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation policy framework designed to give strategic direction to research relevant to Māori. 

Vision Mātauranga was developed with researchers, research funders and research users including the Māori community.

Mātauranga means to know, knowledge or a knowledgeable person. Vision Mātauranga means to think about new ways of doing things, to find answers, to solve problems.

Vision Mātauranga aims to foster distinctive approaches to research, science and technology that will result in:

  • indigenous innovation: the development of products, processes, systems and services from Māori knowledge, resources and people – especially those that may be distinctive in the international marketplace
  • taiao: environmental sustainability through understanding iwi and hapū relationships with our land and sea – including kaitiakitanga or guardianship
  • hauora and oranga: better health and social wellbeing for Māori through research that meets the distinctive needs of Māori communities
  • mātauranga: the development of a distinctive body of knowledge at the interface between indigenous and western knowledge.