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5 Lessons from 18 years of Kaupapa Māori Research

Cheryl Smith

2020 Aotearoa New Zealand

Māori researchers have created exciting ways to approach and carry out research over the past 25 years. Early new research methods were underpinned by Māori cosmology and mātauranga, and these approaches are still in use today. However, Māori researchers continue to redefine methodological spaces, and the overarching concept of mātauranga Māori is often supported by methods specific to hapū knowledge. Within this framework, researchers have developed approaches to work appropriately and engage effectively with Māori communities. These methodologies are underpinned by ethics and procedures that ensure participants are well informed and supported throughout the process, until after the research is completed. These are Māori research methodologies by Māori, for Māori.