Victoria University of Wellington

Placed-based SDG mapping against indigenous Maori cultural practices


Victoria University of Wellington




New Zealand

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Institutional Approach

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, has implemented a wide variety of initiatives to address the SDGs in a manner inclusive to indigenous Maori relations to the natural world. This has included curriculum mapping against the SDGs, global leadership efforts in SDG mapping, and SDG mapping against indigenous sustainability targets in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Impactful flagship projects have also involved collaborations between the school of Architecture and Design and Maori tribes, engaging in participatory design approaches to e.g. strengthen the role of “traditional custodians” in order to build rural communities' adaptive capacities, or implement sustainable and culturally sensitive responses to flooding. Supporting this is an interactive, visual website dedicated to the alignment of Maori values and their relationship to the environment with the university’s sustainability goals and projects. Interdisciplinary education around the SDGs is also prioritized, such as a placed-based video project articulating the SDGs as they relate to specific Maori values, societal stakeholders, and educational activities at the university.


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