Invitations, gifts, and collaborative navigation are both the focus of the Being Manuhiri research as well as the mode of inquiry. The Being Manuhiri website was initiated as a response to invitations to engage with mātauranga between October 2019 and February 20201. Informed by insights from interviews and workshops the Arriving with Care discussion resource was co-created with colleagues as well as Carol Green, the artist. The research is ongoing, the resources are being shared and reviewed across a variety of networks and environmental domains. Further resources are also being planned.
The first phase of research between October 2019 and February 2020 included:
- interviews with manuhiri groups for Ngāi Tūhoe (N=14) in October 20192.
- a Summit at Lake Waikaremoana hosted by Ngāi Tūhoe and facilitated by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research.
- workshops about being manuhiri; one with environment and recreation groups in Wellington and 3 online with research colleagues (N=4),
- document, and media review.
Social Ethics approval (application 2021/18 NK) was received through Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. This research, giving specific attention to how it informs good practice for tangata tiriti researchers has been published in a Special Feature of Sustainability Science3. Funding was received from a variety of sources in including Ngāi Tūhoe and Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research. Creation of the Arriving with Care discussion guide was made possible by the Mobilising for Action theme of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Ngā Rākau Taketake Programme. Further work with these resources is being undertaken via the Sustainable Seas national science challenge4.
1Listening to the voices of our environment » Manaaki Whenua (landcareresearch.co.nz)
2 Greenaway, A. 2020 Friendship for (and with) Te Urewera: insights from interviews in 2019. A Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research Contract Report (LC3672) prepared for Te Uru Taumatua, Ngāi Tūhoe Iwi.
3Sustainability Science, Special Feature: Innovative Partnerships and Methods for Knowledge Co-Production to Support Indigenous Cultural and Environmental Management - Springer
4Enabling kaitiakitanga and EBM - Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge (sustainableseaschallenge.co.nz)