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Ngā Kōrero: The Way Forward
The Way Forward - Te Anga Whakamua

Weaving Mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge with western science for positive outcomes for te moana.

This webinar will highlight the significance of combining indigenous knowledge - derived from centuries of observations explained through connections with place & how things interact - with scientific techniques & technology.

Guest speakers will provide insight into examples of collaboration and celebration of Mātauranga Māori in recent research as we work towards becoming better kaitiaki of te Moana.

Ngā Kōrero is a free webinar series designed to foster better communication about various ocean-related topics. In this series, you will hear from experts in marine science and mātauranga Māori, learn about discoveries and progress in marine protection, and increase awareness of opportunities for action.

Scroll down, past the registration box, to see our guest speakers - others will be announced soon!

This webinar will be moderated by Alison Ballance, a former producer of Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment programme ‘Our Changing World’. She brings her passion for meeting and interviewing passionate people, and sharing their knowledge and stories, as well as her background as a zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer and radio producer, to name a few.

Ngā Kōrero is brought to you by NZAEE Seaweek with support from the NZ National Commision for UNESCO and Live Ocean Charitable Trust.

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Dr. Daniel Hikuroa
Senior Lecturer @Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland
Dr. Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Whanaunga) is an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge & science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with. He employs Earth Systems/Environmental Humanities approaches in his research and in advisory work he does for national/regional government, communities & philanthropic trusts. Dan fills various roles; UNESCO NZ Commissioner for Culture, Tumuaki Tuarua of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao (Statutory Māori Advisory to the Environmental Protection Authority), Co-Deputy Director Te Pūnaha Matatini. He is a member of Pou Herenga (Advisory to the Climate Change Commission) & American Geophysical Union Council and has key roles in NZ’s National Centres of Research Excellence & National Science Challenges. Dan has been spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability; weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools.
Dr. Maui Hudson
Associate Professor & Director @Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato
Associate Professor Maui Hudson (Whakatohea) leads the He Papa Moana research aim for the MetService Led Moana Project. He Papa Moana focuses on cross-cultural knowledge exchange and working with Iwi to support better outcomes in the marine environment.
Dr. Kimberly Maxwell
Post-doctoral Fellow @Te Kōtahi Research Institute, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Dr Kimberley H. Maxwell (Whakatōhea, Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāitai) is working on the Whakatōhea Rohe Moana Interests case study of the Metservice's MBIE Endeavour Funded Moana Project (www.moanaproject.org). Through this mahi Kimberley is developing a Moana Plan for Whakatōhea. In previous work Kimberley helped develop the Waka-Taurua Framework for Marine Co-management as part of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge Mauri Moana, Mauri Tangata, Mauri Moana project, also identifying Māori values associated with the moana. While completing her PhD in 2019 on the Mōtū Kahawai Fishery, funded by a NIWA Doctoral Scholarship and MPI Customary Fisheries Fund.