Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has five research themes:
• New Frontiers of Knowledge
• Economic Development
• Environmental Sustainability
• Health and Social Wellbeing
• Educational Achievement
These themes often overlap. Key questions include:
New Frontiers of Knowledge
• What is the potential contribution of mātauranga Māori to our nation?
• What are the relationships between mātauranga Māori and science, and between the arts, humanities and sciences, when brought together? What protocols should exist?
• What new, successful and distinctive research capabilities and knowledge approaches can be created through examining mātauranga Māori and conducting relevant research to Māori communities?
• How can we increase the efficiency of historically underproductive collectively owned assets?
• How can we maximise the value of assets arising from Waitangi Tribunal claim settlements?
• How can we increase the productivity of Māori organisations, businesses and institutions?
• Is it possible to create distinctive products and services from materials of the Māori world?
• Can an indigenous approach to economic development be created and what is the value?
• What contributions can Māori owned assets, resources and organisations make to environmental sustainability?
• What can the historical associations of iwi and hapū to land, sea and sky add to environmental sustainability?
• What is the potential of an indigenous approach to environmental sustainability (Kaitiakitanga)?
Health and Social Wellbeing
• What barriers inhibit health and social wellbeing for Māori people? How can these be overcome?
• What is meant by health and social wellbeing in the Māori context? What is the potential value to wider society?
• What successful approaches to healing might be developed through examining indigenous knowledge and historical Māori healing practices?
• What barriers inhibit Māori success in education? And how can these be tackled?
• How can we realise the potential of Māori education institutions? (kōhanga reo through to whare wānanga)
• What do Māori knowledge, people and resources contribute to New Zealand education overall?
• What skills, abilities and curricula can be developed from indigenous knowledge and how do they contribute to New Zealand education?