Shaun Awatere


Landcare Research


Shaun's work has three strands:

  • developing principles, protocols and methods for collecting, recording, and sharing mātauranga Māori
  • integrating spiritual, cultural, and traditional resource management principles with those of urban design to develop new design processes
  • incorporating mātauranga Māori in urban development policy and planning processes


  • “Tu Whare Ora – Building Capacity for Māori Driven Design in Sustainable Settlement Development” seeks to increase Māori capacity and input into housing and settlement design in New Zealand.
  • “Kaitiakitanga nga Taone nui” (Kaitiakitanga of Urban Settlement) builds on assessment frameworks in other sectors, the articulation of iwi/hapū aspirations in first-generation iwi management plans, and previous work in developing Māori urban design principles. The interface between western and indigenous understanding and knowledge of urban environments is explored in recent planning initiatives to produce knowledge and methods to facilitate the inclusion of Mātauranga Māori in urban planning practice.

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Meeting water quality and quantity standards to sustain cultural values21st Century Watershed Technology Conference and Workshop Improving Water Quality and the Environment Conference Proceedings, 3-6 November 2014, University of Waikato
Kaitiakitanga o ngā ngahere pōhatu - kaitiakitanga of urban settlementsIn Walker R, Jojola T, Natcher D (eds), Reclaiming indigenous planning. McGill-Queen's native and northern series 70, Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 236–259 (2013)
Collaborative and matauranga Maori inspired urban planningCommission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) Journal - Policy Matters (Special Edition), 2011
He Raarangi Pukapuka Papakaainga- A Papakaainga BibliographyLandcare Research 2011
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Kaitiakitanga o nga ngahere pohatu - kaitiakitanga of urban settlementsIn Indigenous Planning (2011)
Maaori urban design principlesIn Taaone Tupu Ora: Indigenous knowledge and sustainable urban design, 2010
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What is the degree of maatauranga Maaori expressed through measures of ethnicity?AlterNative (6:1) 2010
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Ngaa hua papakaainga: habitation design principlesMAI Review 2009:2
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The Price of Mauri - Exploring the validity of Welfare Economics when seeking to measure Maatauranga MaaoriThesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Waikato University, 2008
Tu Whare Ora: An assessment tool for papakaaingaLandcare Research, 2008