International Indigenous Development Research Conference

Theme & Programme


The 5th Biennial Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conference highlighted indigeneity and the multidisciplinary approach used for indigenous development. Presentations and papers addressed all aspects of the following themes central to the realisation of indigenous development:

  • Optimising Indigenous Economic Wellbeing – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in Māori and indigenous communities leading to increased economic independence and self-determination.
  • Healthy and Thriving Indigenous Families – addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous families leading to healthy, successful and thriving indigenous families.
  • Enhancing Indigenous Distinctiveness – understanding the distinctive contributions that indigenous communities – people, knowledge, assets, resources – do and may yet make to the world at large. Yielding opportunities for development that may not be sourced from any other community or population.

Underpinning these themes are the following outcomes, and all presentations addressed one or more of the following:

  • Indigenous Knowledge Creation – the development of indigenous approaches to and methodologies of knowledge creation, exploring indigenous worldviews and understanding the contribution of these approaches to world knowledge. Exploring indigenous worldviews and epistemologies and the relationship between indigenous knowledge and other knowledge (such as science, for example)
  • Building Excellent Indigenous Research Capability – what is the nature of the indigenous research capability? How is this achieved? How can we harness new technologies? What do we mean by excellence in indigenous research capability? Do any current models exist? What models exist in the histories of indigenous communities?
  • Research and Indigenous Transformation – what is the ‘bridge’ between indigenous development research and positive change in our communities? How can we ensure that the outcomes and benefits of our research do get into the hands who can make change in our communities? How is positive change achieved through our research?

Please find below the finalised programme