A paper that endorses the importance of valuing indigenous scientific knowledge and recommends implementing cultural mechanism in society to monitor future research in biotechnology.
|Keywords:||Māori, Indigenous Development, Biotechnology, Research Guidelines, Community Development, Indigenous Knowledge, Māori Knowledge, Aotearoa/NZ|
Kia ora Koutou, Ko Fiona Te Momo tooku ingoa. I am of Maaori descent and affiliate to three tribes: Ngaati Raukawa, Ngaati Konohi, and Ngaati Porou. I hold a doctorate of philosophy, a Masters with Honours in Maaori and Pacific Development, Master Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management, Bachelor of Arts, and Certificate in Maori Studies. My discipline is in development studies. My area of expertise and passion is researching indigenous communities. This passion has provided me pathways to investigating a range of topics. Currently I am part of a team researching culturally and sustainable biotechnology in Aotearoa/NZ. Last year I completed two different researches from different fields: Māori marine indicators for marine management and Maaori student retention at university. The diverse fields I enter have allowed me a forum to observe and write about the transfer of knowledge from academics and government officials to community and lay people. The topics I have covered are broad such as Economics of Development, Environmental Management and Development, Human Resource Development, International Development Issues, Special Topic, and a Thesis (3 paper dissertation). Researching Special Topics introduced me to researching Government State Owned Enterprises and the affects on the Maaori tribes and strengthened my knowledge on Memorandum of Understanding, Crown Entities, and Resource Management Acts relevant to local communities. This year I have covered various fields of research for example researching unemployed beneficiaries to critiquing social, cultural, and critical theories of construction and the relevance to marae management. Fortunately, a strong community and indigenous base, and academic environment have allowed me the ability to walk in two worlds; Western and Indigenous.
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