Themes

The conference themes for the 2016 International Indigenous Research Conference were:

Whai Rawa – Prosperous Indigenous Economies 
Development of theories, models and tools that add value and enhance the profitability of diverse Indigenous businesses, enterprises and communities.  Creation of new understandings and approaches for effective governance of resources that grow the economies of Indigenous communities while celebrating cultural knowledges, practices and values.  

Te Tai Ao – Healthy Natural Environments
Increased evidence to ensure coasts, waters, forests and lands are healthy and thriving ecosystems providing a sustainable basis for Indigenous aspirations. Greater solutions for Indigenous peoples to respond to environmental challenges at local, regional, national and global levels.

Mauri Ora – Indigenous Human Flourishing 
Strengthened social, health and community knowledges and practices that mitigate harm, nourish health and wellbeing and enhance flourishing Indigenous communities. Further development of Indigenous ethical foundations and strategies for positive, interconnected and enduring relationships.

Mahi Auaha – Creative Indigenous Innovation  
Development of further technology to support Indigenous aspirations for positive engagement in our communities and enhanced excellence in Indigenous scholarship. Novel tools and methods for transforming outcomes for Indigenous peoples and celebrating Indigenous innovation.

Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori – Thriving Indigenous languages and cultures
Increased revitalisation and normalisation of Indigenous languages, customs and values within research settings, communities and society. Further development of research-based revival and recovery tools and solutions for engagement, use and transmission of Indigenous languages and cultures.

EXTRA WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS INCLUDED:

MAI Te Kupenga Breakfast - Monday 14 November

Indigenous Book Launch - two new books - Monday 14 November

And 3 fantastic Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 14 November - Pre-Conference Workshops
1. Data Sovereignty Workshop 
2. Food Sovereignty Workshop
3. Early Career Post-Graduate Workshop