Indigenous values and GIS: a method and a framework

Garth Harmsworth,  (Ngaati Tuuwharetoa, Te Arawa)

Abstract In New Zealand, geographic information systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly important in all areas of resource management and environmental planning. There is growing interest among the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, in the use of GIS to help them achieve some of their goals and aspirations. This article describes recent efforts to identify Māori values which are part of Māori traditional knowledge (maatauranga Māori). It then presents a method and framework for incorporating these values into GIS tools.

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