Processes for consulting with Māori for the purpose of research have been evolving at the University of Otago since 2001. Methods employed by researchers to develop relationships with Māori have varied, due to a lack of clear guidelines and cohesion in the past.
Under the auspices of the Memorandum of Understanding between University of Otago and Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, both parties recognised the need to be proactive and responsive to both Ngāi Tahu and Māori in research.
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Subsequent to this dialogue, the University of Otago developed an appropriate policy which gave effect to the aforementioned issues while also being aligned with Government and Research Funding Agencies’ commitments to the Treaty of Waitangi in research.