Virtual Issue: Mātauranga Māori in New Zealand Ecology

Edited by Priscilla M. Wehi, Jacqueline R. Beggs, and Tara G. McAllister

November 2019

 

Globally, there is growing recognition of the benefits that indigenous peoples can bring to ecology and conservation, drawing on deep spiritual and cultural ties to the environment. The contribution of indigenous peoples and their knowledges is now widely acknowledged as critical to successful efforts to mitigate anthropogenic impacts. In New Zealand, mātauranga spans all aspects of indigenous Māori knowledge and is conceptualised, developed and maintained through practice and connection. We searched all issues of the Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the New Zealand Journal of Ecology from 1953 to 2018 to identify and highlight papers that feature research partnerships with Māori and/or acknowledge and explore mātauranga Māori in a meaningful way. There were only three, published here in this virtual issue. Although there has been a recent increase in studies that incorporate mātauranga Māori published in other journals, we argue that substantive commitment to community partnerships and bicultural research has not been realized in ecological research. Working with interdisciplinary knowledge including mātauranga will be critical to halt further biodiversity loss and improve outcomes for the environment and people, in New Zealand and worldwide. Mātauranga Māori has much to contribute to positive biodiversity and ecological outcomes, but it will require institutional and systemic support of scientific researchers to develop authentic partnerships with Māori communities to transform research practices.

 

Ko te ahurea, te mātauranga me te wairuatanga o ngā iwi taketake ngā aho e whakamana ana i te hiranga o ēnei iwi ki ngā mahi tiaki taiao, ki ngā mahi mātai hauropi. Mo ngā iwi taketake o te ao, i ahu mai te mātauranga i o rātou hononga ā-wairua ki te taiao, i ō rātou rawekeweke i te ao kikokiko. Mā ēnei momo mātauranga ka pērā ki to te iwi Māori, ngā kino hauropi e whakamāuru. I whāia e matou ngā tuhinga roa e hāngai ana ki te Māori me tōna mātauranga ki roto i te whakaputanga o te Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society me te New Zealand Journal of Ecology mai i te tau 1953 ki te tau 2018. E toru noa iho ngā tuhinga roa i kitea i te mutunga mai o to mātou mahi rangahau. Ahakoa kua nui haere nga tuhituhinga e hāngai ana ki te mātauranga Māori, e whakapono ana mātou me kaha ake te whakamana i te mātauranga Māori ki roto i ngā mahi rangahau mātai hauropi. Waihoki, me whakawhanake hoki ngā kaipūtaiao ki te hāpai i te mātauranga Māori ki roto i o rātou mahi. Ka mutu, ki te taunaki ngā rōpū whakahaere pūtaiao i ngā kaipūtaiao, kaore e kore, ka nui ake ngā hua, ngā whakamahinga o te mātauranga Māori mo ngā mahi rangahau pūtaiao. Me tuwhera ngā ringa o te hunga pūtaiao ki ngā whānau ki ngā hapū me ngā iwi Māori mo ngā mahi whakarauora taiao. Mā te mahi ngātahi, mā te tōtō mai i ngā akoranga rerekē, ka hua mai ngā rongoa hei whakarauora i te taiao me te orangatonutanga o te tangata, ki Aotearoa, ōtirā, ki te ao whānui.

 


 

Editorial

Ka mua, ka muri: the inclusion of mātauranga Māori in New Zealand ecology

Priscilla M. Wehi, Jacqueline R. Beggs, and Tara G. McAllister

 

Research Articles

Customary Management of Indigenous Species—a Maori Perspective

Shane D. Wright, Graham Nugent, and Hori G. Parata

 

Sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) harvest intensity and selectivity on Poutama Island, New Zealand

P. O’B. Lyver

 

Tūhoe Tuawhenua mātauranga of kererū (Hemiphaga novaseelandiae novaseelandiae) in Te Urewera

Philip O’B. Lyver, Te Motoi Taputu, Spady T. Kutia, and Brenda Tahi