Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom

Work Group Leader:

Lena Henry, School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland | Tribal affiliations: Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Te Rarawa |
Rebecca Kiddle, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington | Tribal affiliations: Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi |


Mā te whakaatu, ka mōhio                           By discussion comes understanding
Mā te mohio, ka mārama                             By understanding comes enlightenment
Mā te marama, ka mātau                             By enlightenment comes wisdom
Mā te mātau, ka ora.                                     By wisdom comes wellness
– Na Pā Henare Tate

This is an augural meeting of participants who are experienced and interested in developing a working group to address sustainability challenges drawing on indigenous worldviews, knowledge, approaches, experience and practices. The agenda for this working group will be discussed at the first working group session and will be guided by the proverb stated above. These discussions will lead to academic outcomes or a position statement, however this will be determined from our shared discussions.

Participants are invited to submit a 500 word outline that relates to the broad topic of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom, in particular indigenous-led research on sustainability. Time will be set aside for presentations and discussion at a Working Group session.

Naku te rourou, nau te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With your basket and my basket, we shall thrive.

This proverb refers to the benefits of co-operation and collaboration which is central to what we seek to achieve in responding to sustainability issues.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group



Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by:
Monday, 31 August 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 9 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU

As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.