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Māori Research in the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities NSC

Tane Whakapiripiri (the trees of Tane bound together) is the wharenui (meeting house) as the gatherer and connector of people. It is the metaphor which frames the Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge.  It signals that Challenge research will bring together researchers to achieve the vision of good homes, places, and communities in which people can live and work together. The framework reflects the National Science Challenge principle of purposeful collaboration.

The Tane Whakapiripiri framework acknowledges and values the distinctive perspectives of Western science and Matāuranga Māori and provides mechanisms and space for the different world views to inform each other and enhance outcomes. The framework encourages collaboration and partnership, but also recognises the distinction between these world views. The distinction between mana whenua and manuhiri recognises the unique status of Māori as indigenous to Aotearoa, and iwi, hapū and whānau as holding mana whenua within their rohe.

By housing the Challenge in the Tane Whakapiripiri framework we will, over the course of the Challenge, build a cohort of researchers who have the skills and capabilities to work within both Matāuranga Māori and Western science paradigms and to effectively collaborate across disciplines.

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