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Call for Papers: 2018 Special Issue

Mātauranga Māori shaping marine and freshwater futures.

New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research is calling for papers for a 2018 Special Issue entitled Mātauranga Māori shaping marine and freshwater futures.

Māori have distinct cultural knowledge, values, and perspectives that establish their identity, responsibilities, and rights to manage and use aquatic resources. There is an enormous potential for the use of mātauranga Māori to enhance our understanding of aquatic ecosystems, underpin culturally appropriate restoration approaches, and provide a more holistic and integrated perspective for research, monitoring, planning, and policy and resource development. A number of key drivers over the past 10-15 years have influenced Māori participation in freshwater and marine research, planning, policy and management; including Treaty Settlements, Vision Mātauranga Policy, Resource Management Act and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. 

This special issue invites submissions with a focus on mātauranga Māori and how it is informing current and future research and decision-making in aquatic environments of Aotearoa. In order to capture the rich and diverse knowledges and experiences in this field we encourage submissions and commentary from multiple perspectives like researchers, communities, policy and planners and resource managers. We seek a mix of short (<5000 word) thematic and review-style manuscripts that showcase recent examples of how mātauranga Māori is shaping aquatic research and decision-making. We also invite submissions that provide opinion and share experiences in this field. As such, submissions may not necessarily conform to the usual manuscript structure of the NZJMFR journal. 


Papers may (but are not limited to) address one of more of the following topics:

  • Mātauranga Māori and worldview in research
  • Research agendas and priorities (including expectations related to time and process); community control over research; community priorities; community protocols
  • Knowledge production; publishing and sharing; impact and purpose; data sovereignty and intellectual property
  • Māori review of research data and interpretation of findings
  • Strategies for empowering Māori collaboration and Māori voices
  • Strategies for approaching research capacity issues and capacity development, both in Māori communities and among non-Māori researchers
  • Story as research; how narratives and mātauranga Māori  are understood; the authority ascribed to narratives and mātauranga Māori compared to other types of knowledge; history, oral history, and historiography as they relate to understandings of mātauranga Māori        


The anticipated date of publication is December 2018 and the anticipated manuscript submission deadline is 31 January 2018. The guest editorial team includes Joanne Clapcott, Erica Williams, Daniel Hikuroa, Chris Hepburn and Jamie Ataria. Please send a preliminary title, list of authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript by Monday 31 July 2017 to the chief guest editor, Joanne Clapcott (joanne.clapcott@cawthron.org.nz).

The guest editors will make a decision on which manuscripts to invite for the Special Issue and let authors know by 31 August 2017. Note that an invitation to submit does not guarantee acceptance for publication; this will depend on the outcome of normal peer review process and authors meeting critical time schedules.

Please direct any queries to Joanne Clapcott or to Candida Savage (candida.savage@otago.ac.nz), Senior Editor of NZJMFR.