The Traditional Knowledge Conference 2008 focused on traditional knowledge and gateways to balanced relationships. The conference title, Te Tatau Pounamu: The Greenstone Door, referred in a figurative sense to how, in times of trouble, peace could be secured and warfare ended through a political marriage and the exchange of greenstone. The peace thus established was often likened to a greenstone door as both were seen as being durable, strong and highly valuable.
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s inaugural Traditional Knowledge Conference was held in June 2004. The theme of this international conference was traditional knowledge and research ethics. The authors of the papers come from Australia (Torres Straits Islands), the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Tonga, and from many iwi and organisations of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
This monograph explores the ways in which collaborative research relationships with Māori communities can be developed effectively and appropriately. The focus is the institutional and epistemological environments that social researchers work within. While there is a growing body of international literature about the engagement of social sciences research with indigenous communities, there are relatively few researchers who actively theorise the institutional, political, and conceptual frameworks surrounding the research engagement process with indigenous communities.