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Solving Sustainability Challenges with Te Ao Māori (Māori World View)

Explore the principles of a Māori world view and how indigenous perspectives can help enrich sustainability practices.

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Understand the value of Te Ao Māori

Learning from other cultures gives you the opportunity to question your own assumptions about how the world works. It’s also a chance to draw on knowledge and values that have been validated by generations of practice.

On this four-week course, you’ll explore the Te Ao Māori (Māori world view) to understand how to approach sustainability issues through a different lens.

This course will help you discover how indigenous knowledge and values can help us go beyond reacting to environmental challenges and instead, adopt a mindset for resilience.

Explore the water cycle from a bicultural perspective

As you examine the complex issues of sustainability, you’ll delve into the challenges laid down in United Nations SDG #6 “How to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.

To explore this further, you’ll be introduced to Mautauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) as a concept and a method for understanding sustainability from both a scientific and bicultural perspective.

You’ll also learn how to apply design thinking to a sustainability challenge using Māori knowledge.

Discover the importance of Matauranga Māori

Indigenous views in particular explore the symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth – recognising that safeguarding the health of nature is one of the most important ways to protect human health.

With your insight into Matauranga Māori, you’ll uncover how in the realm of climate action and sustainability, indigenous views of the world are of high value.

Learning from the experts at Wintec, you’ll finish the course with a firm understanding of how a bicultural view of sustainability can help us tackle the pressing climate issues we face today.

What topics will you cover?

This course explores Te Ao Māori to understand how to approach sustainability issues through a different lens. The learner:

  • Explores rivers from a bicultural perspective linked to United Nations SDG #6 “How to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.
  • Introduces Mautauranga Māori as a concept and a method for understanding sustainability.
  • Explains how to apply Design Thinking to a sustainability challenge using Maori knowledge.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply Design Thinking to a sustainability challenge using Matauranga Maori (Maori Knowledge).
  • Discuss Matauranga Maori and link it to your own cultural experience.
  • Examine sustainability from a bicultural and cross-cultural perspective.
  • Apply Design Thinking to the sustainability challenge incorporating Matauranga Maori.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in and motivated to solve global sustainability challenges.

You could be an environmental engineer, a sustainability professional, or you’re simply interested in tackling sustainability in cooperation with indigenous cultures.

Who will you learn with?

Kia Ora, I am an educator in cultural capacity here at WINTEC, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
I was born and raised in the Kingitanga movement and a passionate advocate for Te Reo me nga Tikanga Maori.

I am a Principal Academic Staff member at WINTEC with 20 years experience in tertiary education. Most recently I have been successfully leading Design Thinking teams in solving industry challenges.

Who developed the course?


The Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) is a leading tertiary education provider and one of New Zealand’s largest Institutes of Technology. Established in 1924, Wintec delivers technical, vocational, and professional education across a broad range of qualifications, domestically and internationally.

Te Pūkenga

Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology is the New Zealand governmental network of 16 subsidiary tertiary education providers, which were formerly known as institutes of technology and polytechnics. The network delivers world class professional, vocational, and applied learning from certificate through to PhD level.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
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  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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