To increase the visibility, understanding and transformational potential of mātauranga Māori in natural hazard research and resilience.
There is an intrinsic relationship between tangata whenua and their changing landscapes. However, natural hazard resilience research using traditional western science methods and assumptions has not taken sufficient account of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledges) when considering past events, effects on landscapes and communities, and possible mitigation strategies.
The Whanake te Kura i Tawhiti Nui programme aims to generate fundamental mātauranga Māori and applied Māori knowledge relating to natural hazards, risk, and resilience.
We are employing place-based case studies and developing innovative culturally-underpinned research methods to investigate multiple natural hazards and their complex impacts on our communities.
Our goal is to create a new body of mātauranga that will inform frameworks, tools, models and strategies to provide resilience benefits for tangata whenua and wider Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kia whānui ake te kitenga, te māramatanga me te torohū ā-whakaumu o te mātauranga Māori i roto i te rangahau mōrearea taiao me te manawaroa.
He whanaungatanga taketake o te tangata whenua ki ō rātou horanuku e huri haere ana. Heoi anō, kāore ngā rangahau mō te manawaroa i ngā mōrearea o te taiao e whakamahi ana i ngā tikanga me ngā whakapae pūtaiao pākehā taketake i tino whai i te mātauranga Māori i roto i ngā tirohanga ki ngā takunetanga o mua, ngā hua mō te horanuku me ngā hapori, me ngā rautaki whakamauru e āhei ana.
E whai ana te hōtaka o Whanake te Kura i Tawhiti Nui ki te waihanga i te mātauranga Māori whakapū me te mātauranga Māori ka whakamahia e hāngai ana ki ngā mōrearea o te taiao, ngā tūraru me te manawaroa.
E whakamahi ana mātou i ngā take rangahau ā-wāhi, e whakawhanake ana hoki i ngā tikanga rangahau auaha e tautokohia ana e te ahurea hei tūhura i ngā tini mōrearea o te taiao me ōna pānga tuatini ki ō mātou hapori.
Ko tō mātou whāinga ko te waihanga i tētahi putunga mātauranga hou hei whakamōhio i ngā pou tarāwaho, rauemi, tauira me ngā rautaki e whakarato ai i ngā hua o te manawaroa ki ngā tāngata whenua me Aotearoa whānui.