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Te Pūnaha Matatini

Te Pūnaha Matatini – ‘the meeting place of many faces’ – is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland that will develop methods and approaches for transforming complex data about New Zealand’s environment, economy, and society into knowledge, tools, and insight for making better decisions.

We live in a data-rich but knowledge poor world. Te Pūnaha Matatini is a novel and exciting collaboration that brings together experts from the academic research community, industry, and government to develop the methods and tools that will transform that data into knowledge, providing insight for businesses, government, and communities.

We’re working with our stakeholders from industry, government, and the community to help reshape New Zealand’s economy, society, and environment by developing new tools for understanding and managing large complex datasets, and transferring these tools to New Zealand’s business and government sectors for increased productivity and insight.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is training a new type of scientist for the benefit of New Zealand; we offer research projects that develop scientific skills that are relevant to our economy, society, and environment. We’re equipping these students with the business skills and personal networks to enable them to pursue rewarding careers or start their own knowledge-intensive businesses in New Zealand.

We’re working to build the kind of New Zealand of which we can all be proud – showcasing excellent and relevant transdisciplinary research in New Zealand, and promoting the role of science and research to New Zealand communities. In particular, Te Pūnaha Matatini is committed to working with Māori communities to develop and understand the role of innovation in enhancing the sustainability of regional economies and communities.

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