Sustainable Sea Breakfast Talk: Empowering Kaitiaki

Presented in partnership with the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, with Caine Taiapa and Regan Fairlie from Manaaki Te Awanui Trust.

Join us at the Maritime Museum in August & September, where speakers from the Sustainable Seas challenge will discuss their research and future of our oceans.

Kaitiaki can use data from marine ecology, spatial planning, real-time monitoring, and aquaculture to support their work, but finding out about and accessing these troves of science information is not always straightforward – and the format is not always readily understandable or useable.

Caine Taiapa and Regan Fairlie will discuss an online pataka mātauranga (digital resource), co-developed with hapū and kaitiaki of the Tauranga Moana. This tailors and develops information into forms that best suit frontline kaitiaki.

The online tool is being used by kaitiaki and Māori communities to support their educational, research, future co-management/co-governance, and planning activities in the domain of Tangaroa.


About the speakers

Caine Taiapa

Caine Taiapa is General Manager of cultural and environmental research at Manaaki Te Awanui, a Māori Environmental Research Group based in Tauranga Moana in the Bay of Plenty. His interest is in reclaiming and reframing mātauranga with a goal of cultural and environmental wellbeing.

Regan Fairlie

Regan Fairlie is Lead Researcher for Manaaki Te Awanui, and he helps monitor the Te Maunga o Mauao Maataitai Reserve (Hapū/iwi-managed kaimoana/shellfish gathering site). His interest in marine ecology and biodiversity centres around helping the oceans survive the mounting pressures they face.


About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is one of 11 National Science Challenges. It is hosted by NIWA and is a multi-disciplinary programme of research in collaboration with over 30 organisations including Cawthron Limited.  The objective of the Sustainable Seas Challenge is to enhance the utilisation of New Zealand’s marine resources within environmental and biological constraints.  

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