Vision Mātauranga
Whakakitenga Mātauranga

Vision Mātauranga is a New Zealand government science policy framework. Its mission is to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Meet Dr Willy-John Martin, SfTI's Manager for Vision Mātauranga and Capacity Development, and hear him talk about what Vision Mātauranga (VM) means for SfTI and how we assess VM when considering applications for Seed project funding.

Our Vision Mātauranga goal

Our goal is to unite Māori knowledge and western science to explore new and exciting opportunities to build a vibrant and prosperous technology-driven economy.

The outcomes we are pursuing

  • We aim to be an international exemplar of innovation through a two-way exchange between Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and western science.
  • We are realising the potential of the Māori value chain (its businesses and assets) to grow the New Zealand economy.
  • More Māori scientists and engineers working in the hi-tech research and business sectors.

Delivering Vision Mātauranga impact

To ensure we continue to deliver Vision Mātauranga impact we have a number of initiatives in place:

  • Leadership: Vision Mātauranga is championed by our Board, the Director, and Leadership Team. They seek advice from a Kāhui Māori (advisory group) that oversees Vision Mātauranga to ensure a Te Ao Māori view is embedded across our work as a business-as-usual component. Our Challenge Director is also a member of the Kāhui Māori to ensure our Vision Mātauranga goals are realised. Like the Director, our Vision Mātaraunga Theme Leader also sits on the Leadership Team and Kāhui Māori.
  • Resourcing: Vision Mātauranga activities and capability are appropriately funded across our Challenge to ensure we have the capacity to provide the guidance our researchers need.
  • Capability training: Through our Capacity Development Programme, we provide our researchers with support to incorporate Vision Mātauranga in their work, and build purposeful and mutually beneficial relationships with Māori.
  • Funding prioritisation: We prioritise Vision Mātauranga aligned research to a combined value of 25% of the available project funding, with the aim of supporting emerging Māori science capability.
  • Participation and co-design: Our Leadership team and Programme Office build strategic partnerships with Māori, Pacific and international indigenous organisations to seek opportunities for collaboration. We also co-design new Spearhead projects with Māori through our Mission Lab and Design process.

Our Vision Mātauranga tikanga

We are guided by these tikanga (principles):

  • kia kōtahi mai – holistic consideration of society beyond the Challenge
  • rapua te pae tāwhiti atu – looking beyond the horizon
  • kia whakapakari mai – developing and strengthening people, particularly the next generation
  • tūhononga – integration of people and processes
  • mana motuhake – an independent and self-determined approach
  • mana whakahaere – empowered leadership.