MKTA. has developed a training programme entitled 'An Introduction to Iwi Research'. This seminar was developed in the context of the 'Te Kaimānga' research programme and is being offered to various iwi communities throughout New Zealand. The overall purpose in delivering a programme of this kind is to assist iwi commmunities to be creative communities - motivated to respond to the issues, challenges and opportunities that lie before them.
The purpose of this training seminar is to assist iwi based researchers when conducting research of relevance to their iwi. This seminar is directed toward:
individual researchers who are members of iwi themselves and conducting research of relevance to their iwi
research teams (which may include non-iwi members) who are conducting research for their iwi and/or under the umbrella of their iwi
The seminar is introductory has been designed for new and inexperienced researchers who are seeking a concise and clear introduction to research.
The goal of the training programme is to introduce students to the rudiments of research conducted within an iwi context.
- To offer a clear and concise description of research
To impart to students an understanding of research as a ‘tool’ which involves the disciplining of the mind
To show to students how the research tool can make real improvements to their personal and professional lives
To show how research can be effective in framing critical issues facing an iwi, how that iwi may go about understanding those issues and how to fashion answers or responses to them (to facilitate an experience of discourse)
To enable students to conduct practical research exercises
The programme includes both theoretical and practical aspects including:
What is Research?
Why Should Iwi do Research?
What kinds of Research might an iwi conduct?
The first version of the seminar was delivered in 2006 in Levin to iwi based researchers representing Te Rūnanga-o-Raukawa, Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa and Te Rūnanga-o-Ngāti Hauiti.