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Research Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand

A charter to set out the principles underpinning sound research practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For about the last decade there has been increasing global attention on ensuring high standards of research practice are upheld, and that instances of research malpractice are minimised. A variety of approaches have been taken, and one such approach, particularly adopted in smaller countries, has been a cooperative approach across the research community.

In 2018, eight organisations or groupings decided that in our national context, a collective approach to support researchers and their organisations would be most effective. The organisations or groupings represented in the working group were:

Accordingly, working together, drawing from best practices elsewhere, and with valuable input from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi within the tertiary education sector, the working group developed the "Research Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand", a resource to assist the research community. The charter exemplifies good research practices in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand, and is intended as a resource that organisations will draw on when they review, refine and implement their own policies and procedures.

As well as setting out responsible practices for robust research practice, the working group has included wider ethical matters, including responsibilities to Māori communities, and explicit consideration of the public interest.

They also chose to recognise the interacting responsibilities of funders, research organisations and researchers, and the multiple research practices and knowledge systems in this country. These aspects make the resource unique globally.

Research charter

The charter is available in different formats in English and te reo Māori:




This resource may be drawn on or used whole by any person or organisation.

If you use it or draw from it, please acknowledge the 'Research Charter for Aotearoa New Zealand' and link to this webpage: royalsociety.org.nz/research-charter-aotearoa-new-zealand