From Vision Mātauranga and Callaghan, to Silicon Valley and billionaire space races, ‘innovation’ is becoming a placeholder for particular conceptions of progress. The concept is almost exclusively, however, associated with capitalist innovation for profit. This dominant and exclusionary framing has the effect of obscuring innovative knowledge and practices that occur outside of colonial-capitalism. This study places the concept of innovation under a critical Indigenous lens to rethink and reclaim innovation as a crucial aspect of Indigeneity, within-and-against, and beyond the colonial-capital relation. We provide two mini qualitative case studies of Indigenous innovation within-and-against and beyond colonial-capitalism from across the vast historical and contemporary scope of Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa. Together these cases extend Indigenous innovation to include collective struggle for collective wellbeing. In doing so, this study creates diverse theoretical and empirical space for a past, present and future of Indigenous innovation.


Creator | Kaihanga
Suliasi Vunibola and Mathew Scobie
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Taylor and Francis
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC BY-NC-ND
Keywords | Kupu
Indigenous, Innovation, Pacific, Māori
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
This resource is in the public domain
This Research has
been formally reviewed for publication by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Vunibola, S., & Scobie, M. (2022). Islands of Indigenous innovation: Reclaiming and reconceptualising innovation within, against and beyond colonial-capitalism. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 52(sup1), 4-17.

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