Event Name International Indigenous Research Conference
Start Date 13th Nov 2018
End Date 16th Nov 2018
Duration 4 days

Blending Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) with modern research methods is a strategic priority for the BioHeritage Challenge and, as such, we are proud sponsors of this year’s International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC).

IIRC is the biennial international conference organised by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence. With the theme of Indigenous Futures, IIRC is focused on sharing premiere Māori and Indigenous knowledge, research and scholarship. 

Researchers working under the BioHeritage Challenge umbrella have a strong presence at the conference. A  number of our Challenge Party researchers will present on the following topics that are strongly linked to our Challenge:

  • Protecting our taonga for future generations by exploring Māori perceptions to novel pest control methods and biosecurity.
  • In the face of a crisis, what is the role of Māori in seed conservation?
  • Indigenous perspectives and approaches to maintaining forest health: Te Tira Whakamātaki talks about kauri dieback, and the push from Māori to save the kauri tree from extinction.
  • A kaumatua-led research project on Māori bioheritage knowledge enhancement.
  • Check out the programme for full details.

Pre-conference workshop, Monday 12 November 9am – 4pm

How can we get better at kaumātua (elder)-led research? The BioHeritage Challenge will lead this discussion at one of IIRC's pre-conference workshops that is sponsored by all National Science Challenges.

Registrations are now open for the pre-conference workshop: Innovating Mātauranga in the National Science Challenges –  collaborating across National Science Challenges through kaupapa Māori research programmes.

Being held at the AUT Auckland City campus, the workshop is open to all, although IIRC delegates will be given priority, so get in quick.