The Challenge is framed around the metaphor of Tane Whakapiripiri (the trees of Tane bound together) referring to the wharenui (meeting house) as the gatherer and connector of people. It signals that this research will bring together researchers to achieve the vision of good homes, places and communities in which people can live and work together. The framework also reflects the National Science Challenge principle of purposive collaboration.

The Tane Whakapiripiri framework acknowledges and values the distinctive perspectives of western science and mātauranga Māori and provides mechanisms and space for the different world views to inform each other and enhance outcomes. The framework encourages collaboration and partnership, but also recognises the need for distinction between these world views. The distinction between mana whenua and manuhiri recognises the unique status of Māori as indigenous people to Aotearoa, and iwi, hapū and whānau as holding mana whenua within their rohe.

By housing the Challenge in the Tane Whakapiripiri framework we will, over the course of the Challenge, build a cohort of researchers who have the skills and capabilities to work within both mātauranga Māori and western science paradigms and to effectively collaborate across disciplines.

Tane Whakapiripiri framework incorporating Challenge Vision, Mission, Objectives, Outcomes, Pathways and People

The Vision and Mission reflect fundamental aspirations found among all New Zealand’s peoples about home and community. Te Tekoteko (the Vision) and Te Tahuhu (the Mission) incorporate the expertise of Māori researchers and reflect the grounding of this research programme in the ethics and responsibilities associated with Manaaki Tangata. They also form key structural components of Tane Whakapiriri.