Our shared areas of focus include water quality, soil and plant health, pest control, climate change and land use. Our aspiration is to build a self-sustaining Māori-led research group within Lincoln Agritech.
Names for fauna and flora, and knowledge about their sources, properties and various uses may differ at mātauranga-ā-iwi, mātauranga-ā-hapū and mātauranga-a-whānau levels. Understanding and recognising similarities and differences is important to building strong partnerships across different tribal rōpu.
Our shared research/rangahau projects include:
Through scholarships and internships we support programmes such as the Pūhoro STEMM Academy and Lincoln University Māori Scholarships, and strive to provide opportunities for rangatahi to safely work alongside our scientists, building capability and capacity in their communities.
In 2021/22, Serene Ratu (Ngai Tūhoe), was one of our summer students. Serene is studying for a joint Bachelor of Product Design and BCom. A member of her iwi encouraged her to apply for a job at Lincoln Agritech, because of its work with Minginui Nursery to develop novel cellulose fibres and pigments from endemic plants, including tawa.
In 2022/23 we hosted Taylor Te Puni (Te Āti Awa) as a Pūhoro STEMM intern, Taylor is studying for a BSc in biochemistry.
Enabling traditional knowledge alongside western research with collective, respectful, and thoughtful collaborations is a step towards solutions to pending environmental and associated issues. Together, we can pioneer tomorrow’s answers today.
For Māori, our research questions come from wider community, which means our connectedness with nature. Recognition of the levels of community mātauranga/ knowledge is a form of validation that groundtruths our collective analysis.
So, we do not only concur with the generic mātauranga Māori, for if research findings are to be transformational for each respective Māori group and community, we need to be sensitive to their particular knowledge scenarios, hence mātauranga-a-iwi, mātauranga-a-hapū and mātauranga-a-whānau. This Māori-led research group will listen intently to the observations and mātauranga of each whārua, who will provide all the variables and information required, which this Māori-led rangahau akomanga will then interpret for this collective, sensitised, specific research.
Because mātauranga is lived, time is of the essence. Meaning, there is no set timeframe for our accumulation of data. We will rely on observations so our response is kaupapa-reflective of that community’s unique taiao, which is important to all Māori communities.