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Transforming Antarctic management and policy with an Indigenous Māori lens

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Global conceptions of Antarctica are dominated by colonial narratives despite an ostensibly collaborative paradigm. We argue that an Indigenous Māori framework centring relational thinking and connectedness, humans and non-human kin, and drawing on concepts of both reciprocity and responsibility, offers transformational insight into true collective management and conservation of Antarctica.

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Fig. 1: Timeline of major events in humanity’s connection to Antarctica, including Māori narratives of exploration.
Fig. 2: Simplified diagram of the food-web of the Ross Sea region, Antarctica.

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This work was funded by MBIE grant C01x1710; RDF LCR-14-001 to P.M.W. and MAU-18-001 to K.W.; and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

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Wehi, P.M., van Uitregt, V., Scott, N.J. et al. Transforming Antarctic management and policy with an Indigenous Māori lens. Nat Ecol Evol 5, 1055–1059 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01466-4

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