We commissioned our Mātauranga Framework three years ago to help our decision-makers to understand, test and probe mātauranga when it is presented in evidence.

Video: The EPA’s new Mātauranga Framework | 0:53 mins | Transcript

Mātauranga is broadly defined as a body of knowledge, experience, values and philosophy of Māori (Mead 2016, Winiata 2001).

The primary goals of our Mātauranga Framework are to:

  • enable well-informed decision-making
  • ensure the EPA understands the issues and implications of mātauranga for its decision-making processes.
  • increase the understanding of mātauranga across the EPA.

The mātauranga programme’s methodology will remain underpinned by the ongoing guidance of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, Ngā Parirau o te Mātauranga, and Matakīrea. This will continue to ensure integrity from a tikanga Māori perspective.

While the Mātauranga Framework is a new initiative for us here at the EPA, as a routine part of our work, Kaupapa Kura Taiao (KKT) – our Māori Policy and Operations Group – provides guidance to iwi and applicants during the engagement process. Alongside its business groups, KKT also raises awareness with iwi of the role of the EPA and on how to engage and participate in the decision-making processes of the EPA.

Our National Māori Network, Te Herenga, is a forum for kaitiaki and environmental resource managers to come together and discuss important environmental issues.

A waka hourua, or double-hulled canoe, symbolises our approach to mātauranga. The two hulls represent two knowledge systems – mātauranga and science – moving together in the same direction. The interwoven sails represent the information, evidence, advice, and risk assessment that inform our decisions.

Read the Mātauranga Framework report (pdf, 2.4 MB)

Read the Mātauranga Framework companion guide (pdf, 1.2 MB)

View the Mātauranga Framework (pdf, 81 KB)

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