June 22, 2022
Climate change knowledge sought by tangata whenua
The vision mātauranga lead for the Deep South national science challenge wants to see Māori input into organisations addressing the climate crisis.
Associate Professor Sandy Morrison, Waikato University’s head of Māori and indigenous studies, says tangata whenua have deep local knowledge of their rohe which can help address the effects of global warming such as increased flooding and coastal inundation.
“Many people in communities, they’ve got their tohu and their observations they’ve accumulated. Further understanding means they’re also seeking scientists to work alongside to understand other knowledge systems such as science, but they want to be in charge of what they ask for,” she says.