Manaaki Taha Moana (MTM): a collaborative effort
This creative activity builds upon Massey University’s previous FRST funded creative activity with Te iwi o Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga in the lower North island named ‘Ecosystem Service Benefits in Terrestrial Ecosystems for Iwi’. Like its predecessor, Manaaki Taha Moana is a creative activity with a strong cross-disciplinary (i.e. marine science, ecology, economics), matatau Māori (transl. expertise in mātauranga Māori) and cross-institutional (Massey University, Cawthron Institute, Waka Digitial with support of Te Manaaki Awanui Trust, Taiao Raukawa and Te iwi o Ngāti Tukorehe) orientation. The potential epistemological and/or methodological fit for this initiative likely exists in what Nicolescu (2005b) described as “strong transdisciplinarity”. Teams formed from the various partner organisations are involved in their own specialised areas of (i) western scientific research and (ii) whakatupu mātauranga that has involved reciprocal expressions of kaupapa tuku iho with hapū and iwi in the case study areas/rohe. Thus, two very different worldviews, languages and perceptions of reality coexist and seek to find expression in this creative activity.
Note: Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) contract number MAUX0502.
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