Sustainable Seas Breakfast Talk - Blue Economy

Sustainable Seas Breakfast Talk Series: Blue Economy 

Presented in partnership with the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, with Dr. Nick Lewis & Dr. Jason Mika from Auckland University.
Monday 17th June, 9am
The Learning Space, NZ Maritime Museum

Light breakfast/morning tea provided. Registrations required.


Join us here at the Maritime Museum with scientists around New Zealand taking part in the Sustainable Sea National Science Challenge.  This breakfast talk series will take place in June, August & September with different speakers from the challenge expressing their research for how to care for our ocean.

In recent years, advocates for sustainable oceans have focused attention on building a sustainable ‘blue economy’, where innovation practices that promote and sustain diverse industries are based on healthy marine ecosystems.

This breakfast talk will explore how New Zealand can create value from a blue economy, Dr. Nick Lewis will speak on the New Zealand based initiatives that create economic value from sustainable marine practices and activates. While Dr. Jason Mika has been working to create a foundation for a world-leading indigenous blue economy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

About the speakers

Dr Nick Lewis is an economic geographer at the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. He studies the interplay of investment processes, policy and institutions in industry development. His Sustainable Seas research is investigating ways to create a blue economy in New Zealand. He has previously studied how the wine and education industries were formed.

Dr Jason Mika (Ngāi Tūhoe, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Kahungunu) is the Director of Te Au Rangahau (the Maori Business and Leadership Centre) at Massey University. His research interests are indigenous entrepreneurship, innovation, management, and organisations. His Sustainable Seas research is working to create a foundation for a world-leading indigenous blue economy in Aotearoa.


About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

The vision of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is for Aotearoa to have healthy marine ecosystems that provide value for every New Zealander. It brings together scientists, social scientists, economists, and experts in mātauranga Māori and policy from more than 30 organisations. It is hosted by NIWA, and is one of 11 National Science Challenges funded by MBIE.

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  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email to reserve your place.