Matauranga and science: using the best of both worlds


Matauranga (Maori Traditional Environmental Knowledge) is being recorded using questionnaires and oral histories from experienced muttonbirders. Kaitiakitanga (Environmental stewardship) and Euro-centric conservation philosophies will be compared using records of discussions at gatherings at marae, traditional Maori meeting places. Elders, Titi harvesters, environmental managers, researchers and conservation stakeholders are being invited to participate to help the Rakiura Maori community to formulate a consensus, "bottom-up" approach to collaborative conservation management. We will evaluate common ground and divergence between two cultural approaches working in partnership. Jane Kitson, a Titi team PhD student is compiling oral histories of experienced Titi elders.

The need for this research
Study areas
A bicultural research approach
Matauranga and science
About titi
Scientific design