Rights-based Geographic Information Systems and Digital Stories: Māori Heritage and Environmental Protection in Aotearoa New Zealand (2021-2023)

Catalyst Seeding Fund

This research provides a method and medium for incorporating Indigenous knowledge or mātauranga Māori into geospatial databases, creating a pathway for consideration alongside western-science based environmental plans. In partnership with Muaūpoko and guided by the concept of manaakitanga, this project will develop new methods that contribute to environmental management strategies aimed at protecting the cultural and natural heritage sites. Through a series of hui, fieldwork and a digital storytelling workshop, that brings together Indigenous peoples from Aotearoa New Zealand and North America, we will develop a framework for integrating knowledges, digital stories and complex systems of understanding into a geospatial database that can be used to facilitate discussions around co-governance and co-management.

Our Team

Dr Cadey Korson (PI)

A/Prof Mark Palmer (Co-PI, University of Missouri)

Prof Jonathan Procter (Massey University)

Prof Soren Larsen (University of Missouri)