Partnering with Māori

The role Māori have in the forestry value chain is increasingly important.

Māori own some 48% of commercially planted forest land in New Zealand, and Māori ownership of land and forests will increase as Treaty of Waitangi settlements conclude.

Māori want to participate more actively with forest growing and wood processing in achieve greater economic returns and social benefits.

As Māori increase their influence over land and forests, they will play a greater role in shaping the New Zealand forest industry.  Science and innovation are seen as the key enablers of a stronger Māori economy in future, and forestry and forest-derived products will be a cornerstone of this economy.

Read about weaving mātauranga Māori and Scion science. Rotorua iwi Ngāti Whakaue have been working with Scion scientists on a unique educational project that merges science and innovation with traditional Māori knowledge.

Growing the Māori economy

We are building partnerships with Māori to:

  • support greater economic returns for Māori from their participation in the forest industry
  • integrate Matauranga Māori (traditional knowledge) into Scion research programmes
  • encourage iwi to share ideas for research with us, and encourage the uptake of research outputs from Scion
  • strengthen communication with Māori to better align programmes within Scion to meet their aspirations.

Examples of work we are doing to assist iwi land owners are summarised in our annual report page Working in partnership with Māori.


Ramona Radford, Māori Partnerships Advisor

Hemi Rolleston, Te Ao Maori and Science Services