Mahi Atu, Mahi Mai

Mahi Atu, Mahi Mai is a concept applied to research with the goal of achieving mutual agreement and benefit during technology research. Agreement requires a degree of reciprocity that addresses tribal questions and aligns with tribal priorities and characterisations.

Mahi Atu, Mahi Mai means
  • cultural language is embedded within our research thinking
  • tribal community relationships are fostered and maintained during research
  • tribal priorities are actively sought and engaged with during research
  • cultural resilience and vitality towards notions and ideas


Research Values

Merit is centrally based around the needs of the indigenous community involved in research that addresses technological challenges they are interested in solving
Commitment to communicating information to the comunity involved in research in a transparent way that fosters trust and protects participants
The research team embodies a sense of sovereign empowerment towards the participants and community involved in research
The over-arching goal of our research benefits the welfare of the community involved in research for all activities
Our researchers share a sense of passion towards the research and the communities involved

Ethics Framework

Aroha ki te tangata
Respect for people within research is about allowing the people involved in research to define its context. It is also about maintaining this respect when dealing with research data.
He kanohi kitea
Being a face that is seen and known to those who are participating in research. Researchers should be engaged with and familiar to the community so that trust and communication is developed and maintained.
Titiro, whakarongo...kōrero
Look, listen, and then later, speak. Researchers take time to understand people's day-to-day realities, priorities, and aspirations. In this way the questions asked and solutions proposed by a researcher are relevant.
Manaaki ki te tangata
Looking after people is about sharing, hosting, and being generous with time, expertise, relationships, etc.
Kia tupato
Be cautious. The researcher is politically astute and culturally safe. Staying safe may mean collaborating with elders and others who can guide research processes, as well as the researchers themselves within communities.
Kaua e takahia te mana o te tangata
Uphold the mana of the people. People are often the experts on their own lives, including their challenges, needs, and aspirations. Look for ways to collaborate with the people on research reports as well as research agendas.
Kia mahaki
Be humble. Researchers should find ways of sharing their knowledge while remaining humble. The sharing of expertise between researchers and participants leads to shared understanding that will make research more trustworthy.