• Te Arawa Ngāti Ruanui

    Tame has more than a decades experience in environmental management roles in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Canterbury and Marlborough regions. This has included working for OSPRI (TB Free), Waikato Regional Council, Department of Conservation (Waikato) and most recently the Maori Biosecurity Network.

    His is a member of the Bay of Plenty Conservation Board, is on the Advisory Board for Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, was interim executive of Te Tira Whakamataki (Maori Biosecurity Network), and is a member of the Royal Society.

  • Ngāti Porou Te Arawa Te Ātiawa Ngāti Raukawa Ngāti Tūwharetoa
    Māori Research Manager
    Bio-Protection Research Centre

    Melanie is an Indigenous environmental sociologist, and the Māori Research Manager – Kaiārahi for the Bio-Protection Research Centre (a Centre of Research Excellence) based at Lincoln University.

  • Te Arawa Matātua Ngāpuhi Tainui
  • Ngāti Kahungunu Ngāti Awa Te Whānau-a-Apanui Te Arawa
  • Te Arawa Ngāti Whakaue Ngāti Pikiao Te Whānau a Āpanui
    Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha)

    Erica (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau ā Apanui) started at NIWA in 1995. After completing a MSc (University of Waikato) developing a blue mussel embryo-larval toxicity test, she spent a number of years in the NIWA freshwater fisheries team. Here she gained skills in fish population studies, the downstream migration adult eels and fish passage through culverts.

  • Ngāti Rongomai Ngāti Pikiao Te Arawa
    Senior Lecturer Medical - Te Kupenga Hauora Māori

    Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis is a Public Health Physician currently working as Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. 

    She is Director Vision 20:20 which provides academic leadership of Hikitia Te Ora - Certificate in Health Sciences (bridging/foundation education for Māori and Pacific), Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS, admission and retention support for Māori and Pacific students) and the Whakapiki Ake Project (WAP, Māori recruitment). 

  • Te Arawa Ngāti Tūwharetoa Ngāti Raukawa
    Capability Leader

    Garth is a senior environmental scientist based in Palmerston North and has worked for Landcare Research since 1992. His career spans over 28 years in resource management, land resource assessment, national environmental databases, GIS applications, and indigenous research.

  • Te Arawa Ngti Tuwharetoa Ngāti Raukawa
  • Te Arawa Ngāti Awa

    Maria Bargh (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa) has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University. She is a Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies at Victoria University and editor of Māori and Parliament (Huia Publishers, 2010) and Resistance: an Indigenous Response to Neoliberalism(Huia Publishers, 2007).

  • Te Arawa Tūhoe Waikato

    Emeritus Professor Ngahuia te Awekotuku continues to contribute in the arts and creative sector. With degrees in Art History and English, her PhD (1981) was in cultural psychology. She wrote an early (1991) monograph on Maori research ethics. For decades she served in the heritage environment as a governor, curator and activist/advocate. Her scholarly works on culture, gender, heritage and sexuality, and her fiction and poetry, have been published and acclaimed locally and internationally.