The Kāhui Māori ensures Vision Mātauranga and te Ao Māori principles are embedded across our research.
The members provide both expertise and awareness of the issues in the focal area to advise the Challenge, so that its science directions, quality and approach will deliver real benefits for Māori.
Joe Harawira is currently the Kaihautū Te Pūtahitanga, Director-Strategic Partnerships and Treaty at the Department of Conservation. In this role he supports and advises DoC in Treaty of Waitangi negotiations, professional development and Māori capability building across the organisation (includes te reo Māori translations, waiata, tikanga Māori-protocols). Previous roles in DoC have been as Pou Hapai (Principle Cultural Advisor) and as a Pou Tairangahau and Kaupapa Atawhai Manager (Indigenous Conservation Ethics Manager).
Joe regularly accompanies the Minister of Conservation for engagement with whānau, hapū, iwi across the country and at times has spoken on behalf of the Government at formal hui with Māori. Joe has also led discussion and engagement regarding the use of 1080 for DoC which in general is a very contentious topic for Māori communities.
Andrew was elected to the Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust, Settlement Trust and Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Rārua in 2011 and has held positions as Trustee, Chair and is currently the Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Rārua. He was an independent Director of Te Tao Tangaroa Limited (the Ngāti Rārua fishing asset holding company) for eight years. Andrew currently works for the Department of Conservation as Director, Future Direction/Strategic Positioning to ensure that Māori values are incorporated across conservation business.
His team service a Ministerial-appointed Committee that are accountable for an annual distribution of government funds for biodiversity management on Māori land and the revitalisation and protection of mātauranga Māori.
Andrew previously worked for the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Fisheries. He has a strong passion for the environment and incorporating Māori values (economic, cultural, social, and environmental) and knowledge into the management of natural resources. His Whakapapa links to: Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Maniapoto, Rangitane.
Ian Ruru has a scientific background in marine and freshwater fisheries. He is Director of Ngāti Porou Fisheries Ltd, Te Aitanga a Māhaki Fisheries Ltd, Ngāi Tai Fisheries and the Iwi Collective Partnership. He is customary fisheries Tangata Kaitiaki for the Te Aitanga a Māhaki Trust and was recently appointed to the Board of Te Wai Māori Trust.
Ian has a Masters in Aquaculture and previously worked for Te Ohu Kaimoana as a stock assessment scientist. Ian gained his appreciation for mātauranga Māori from his father, the late Bill Ruru, as they taught qualifications in aquaculture and customary fishing at 300 marae.
Kirsty’s career has included policy roles in Manatu Māori, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the Ministry for the Environment. Since the early 2000s, she worked in senior policy roles at Te Ohu Kaimoana, including managing the Fisheries and Aquaculture Team. Her areas of focus have involved fisheries policy and management, aquaculture and the Māori Fisheries Review.
She holds Masters Degrees in modern languages (Victoria University) and resource management (Canterbury University), and a Diploma in Photography (Massey University).