This research will provide iwi with a systematic approach for policy, planning and programme delivery. It will be futures oriented and take into account external goals and objectives, as well as broader Māori development objectives. The research builds on previous work undertaken by the research team and is further consistent with existing policy directions.
The research aligns with a target outcome “To develop research capability that will contribute to unlocking the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, people or resources” by the creation of a framework capable of measuring cultural aspirations, distinctiveness, capability, potential and outcomes. The research will highlight the value and role of cultural domains across a range of endeavours including social policy, economic policy, and environmental management.
The research is further consistent with the theme of “Oranga; Improving Māori social wellbeing through addressing distinct challenges” and “Taiao: Achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapu relationships with land, water or sea.” The research will recognise that Māori perspectives of well-being and environmental sustainability are both dynamic and culturally entrenched and will better elucidate the relationship between culture and well-being and sustainability.
The outcome benefits for New Zealand from this research are both conceptual and applied. At one level the research will enable Runanga/iwi, from an evidential base, to rationalise iwi resources and investment, set priorities and measure outcomes. At another level the research will contribute to the overall identity and uniqueness of New Zealand society by assisting with the considered economic and social growth and development of iwi and Māori communities
The Quantification of Iwi Development is premised on the notion that Maori concepts of development, while often consistent with those of non-Maori, are also different and frequently include cultural aspirations – to have a sense of identity, to embrace cultural practices and institutions, and fundamentally to live as Maori. The research is designed to explore and test these notions and create better systems through which Maori perspectives of development can be integrated into policy, planning and implementation.