The mauri model is a decision making framework that combines a stakeholder assessment of worldviews, with an impact assessment of indicators to determine sustainability and trends over time. This tool uses the concept of mauri as the measure of sustainability, in comparison to the conventional monetary based assessment. The use of mauri as the measure of sustainability allows for a more accurate representation of the impacts of certain actions/options. These may not always be best represented or included in monetary based assessments of sustainability, but are nonetheless important to the decision making process.


The model measures mauri in four dimensions – environmental wellbeing (taiao mauri), cultural wellbeing (hapu mauri), social wellbeing (community mauri) and economic wellbeing (whanau mauri). Indicators are then chosen that represent the impacts upon mauri for each dimension. The impact upon indicators are measured using the mauriOmeter, a very intuitive system of sustainability determination which identifies the state of mauri and trends  – giving the user the ability to assess several different potential options/scenarios and assess the relative outcomes and their impacts over time.


The mauri model is easily customisable to accurately model most situations, and simple enough to be understood and completed by the general public. This model has been integrated into the online mauriOmeter tool – allowing users to conduct guided assessments, at their own pace.


For a step-by-step guide to using the online mauriOmeter, please click here.