Māori Consultation

Why consult with Māori?

Consultation with Māori is integral to ensuring that research proposals and projects remain robust and transparent to the Māori community. The exchange of knowledge between researchers and the Māori community is of benefit to both parties and can improve research outcomes. Where Māori are included in research as participants, consultation ensures cultural oversight has been planned for, which will increase the likelihood that Māori will contribute to the project.

Māori are priority populations in health and education research and are enthusiastic about research that will translate into benefits for whānau and hapu in these and other key areas, such as language, the environment and the economy. Research in these areas is strengthened when Māori engagement is sought at the conceptual and design stages of research.

Many government research funders expect a demonstrated commitment to ensuring research is responsive to the diverse needs and interests of Māori. The Health Research Council expect research institutions to demonstrate the quality and extent of their partnership and relationship with Māori through consultation and discussion with Māori. The Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation have embedded their Vision Mātauranga policy, which unlocks the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge (mātauranga Māori), resources and people, in its priority investment areas.

The Consultation Process

The consultation process will allow the researcher to receive effective and efficient feedback from iwi Māori representation regarding their research proposal. Requests for Māori consultation will be considered by the Kaiārahi Māori Research. Please contact Henrietta Carroll in the first instance henrietta.carroll@canterbury.ac.nz

The Māori Consultation Form (word 20KB) should be submitted to research@canterbury.ac.nz. Please read the Guide to Completing the Māori Consultation Form (PDF 597KB) for advice on what to consider and how to complete the form. It may be helpful to ask yourself the following questions to strengthen the Māori responsiveness of your project:

  • How will your research help build Māori capability within your field?
  • How will your research address inequalities experienced by Māori?
  • What important goals for iwi Māori will your research contribute to?
  • How are the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi enacted/operationalised within your proposal? How do they underpin your plans?
  • How will iwi/hapu/whānau find out about the results of your research/share in the research outcomes?
  • How will iwi Māori make use of and benefit from your findings?
  • What questions, important to iwi Māori, will you answer?
  • What is the history of engagement with iwi Māori for you and your team members?
  • Who, specifically, will provide cultural oversight and advice where there are Māori participants and/or where your project makes use of matāuranga Māori?
  • What will iwi advisors/kaitiaki/kaumātua/Māori researchers involved in your project be asked to do that is valuable and important?

Any enquiries should be directed to the Kaiārahi Māori Research, henrietta.carroll@canterbury.ac.nz.