Te Mana Raraunga
Māori Data Sovereignty Network


Ngā Mahi

Research activities 

He aha tēnei mea te raraunga: How is data a taonga?

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University of Waikato funded summer student project (Te Kuru Dewes)
This project explores the notion of whether data can be considered a taonga in the context of the Treaty of Waitangi.


Tū te tapu, tā te tapu: How can Tikanga inform the use of Big Data?

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A Health Research Council funded summer student project (Tiriana Anderson)
This project explores how tikanga can inform the use of big data through interviews with key informants. 



Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Enduring Aspirations in a Digital Age

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Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Kia Ārohi Kia Mārama Scoping Excellence grant
(PI: Tahu Kukutai; AI: Maui Hudson, Donna Cormack, Kirikowhai Mikaere, Ryan Ko)
This project explores critical questions relating to indigenous data governance, ownership and access, and potential solutions for benefit sharing and value generation. It includes hosting a 'What Works' Indigenous Data Sovereignty workshop to share examples of best practice in different national contexts


Building an International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Research Platform

University of Waikato Strategic Investment Fund grant
(PI: Tahu Kukutai; AI: Maui Hudson, Ryan Ko, Wayne Rumbles)
Working in partnership with local and international stakeholders, this project will develop a world-leading interdisciplinary research platform in the emerging field of Indigenous Data Sovereignty. 


Statistics New Zealand Pilot Project

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Andrew Sporle leads this project to create an Iwi rohe geographic variable in the Integrated Data Infrastructure. The idea is to work with iwi to create an iwi-validated rohe maps to the meshblock level. This will create a permanent resource within the IDI infrastructure that can be used by iwi. These maps could also be added as a general datalab resource. 

Policy related projects

Sharing Information for Wellbeing

“Sharing Information for Wellbeing” are a series of hui (online and face-to-face), designed to start a korero on what you think the guidelines should be for organisations seeking to use and share individuals information for the Wellbeing for Māori .  This is part of the national conversation on social license for data use run by NZ Data Futures Partnership.

Read more about the project here, and if you want to have your say visit: www.tuhono.net 

  • Complete the Online Survey, before 28 May ‘17
  • Register for an Online webinar, before 16 May ‘17 


Virtual Health Information Network

The Virtual Health Information Network is being developed by Otago, Massey and Auckland Universities in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Statistics New Zealand. The VHIN was established to maximise the value of the IDI service, augmented by specific health data integration initiatives. Its vision is to create and sustain an environment that captures value from linking health data collections and related social and economic data, through world leading health research, policy development and service planning. Andrew Sporle was invited join the VHIN Executive, on behalf of TME, as a full ‘voting’ member, to represent Māori issues and concerns, opportunities and strategies, regarding health data, especially (but not exclusively) in the IDI. 


 International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group

A new International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group has been established, hosted by the Research Data Alliance. RDA provides a neutral space where its members can come together through focused global Working and Interest Groups to develop and adopt infrastructure that promotes data-sharing and data-driven research, and accelerates the growth of a cohesive data community.

The International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group page is available here.

To join the Interest Group you have to first register with the RDA (it is free and only takes a few minutes) at: http://www.rd-alliance.org/get-involved/individual-membership.html  Once registered and logged in, go the the IDSov group page (www.rd-alliance.org/groups/international-indigenous-data-sovereignty-ig) and click the ‘Join Group’ link on the right-hand information pane.

This will add you to the email list and will give you access to content (files, note pages, etc) that are posted on the group page. The Group Charter statement is up on the home page.