Te Au o Te Moana
Credit: Waikawa, Māhia © Desna Whaanga-Schollum
24 Feb

Oceania Room, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Pōneke/Wellington

Te Au o Te Moana | Conference 2022

We are delighted to announce that registration is open for Te Au o Te Moana – The Voice of the Ocean, our Conference 2022.

  • When: Thursday 24 & Friday 25 February 2022
  • Location: Oceania Room, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
  • Networking & poster session: 5:30–7:00pm, Thursday 24 February, Oceania Room, Te Papa. Drinks and nibbles provided.

After an extended break due to the pandemic, we are excited to bring the Sustainable Seas community – researchers, governance, co-developers, Māori partners, stakeholders, and more – together again kanohi ki te kanohi (in person).

Te Au o Te Moana means the voice of the ocean and was suggested to us as the overarching kaupapa or theme for our work by Joe Harawira from the Challenge’s Kāhui Māori. Find out more

Although we hope to see many people there, we understand that not everyone will be able to attend in person. We will therefore be streaming the plenary sessions (but not the breakout discussion sessions).


This conference is intended for the Sustainable Seas community of researchers, Māori partners, government and industry co-developers, and stakeholders interested in our research, who have been emailed links to the relevant registration forms.

If you are interested in attending the conference and have not received an email invitation, please email us at [email protected]


Below is the draft outline of the two days. A PDF will be available to download once the programme is finalised – check this page and/or sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Day 1: Thursday

9am – 10:45am 

Session 1: 

Welcome – Tania Simpson, Chair Governance Group

Sustainable Seas in a global context – Ian Perry (Chair) and Ingrid van Putten from our Independent Science Panel

Te Au o Te Moana – Joe Harawira, Kāhui Māori

Set the scene – Julie Hall, Challenger Director

11:15am – 1pm

Session 2: Enhanced blue economy

How Sustainable Seas research translates to an improved blue economy

2pm – 3:30pm

Session 3: Te Pūtahitanga – The interface between science, policy, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Mātauranga Māori

How Sustainable Seas supports science and mātauranga Māori working together to support hapū/iwi and communities

4pm – 5pm

Session 4: Discussion session

What does operational ecosystem-based management (EBM) and kaitiakitanga look like?

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Networking & poster session


Day 2: Friday

8:30am – 10:30am

Session 5: Improved decision-making using ecosystem-based management (EBM)

What is needed to move us along the continuum to EBM?

11:15am – 1pm

Session 6: Healthy seas

What do we need to do better to enable the management of cumulative effects?

2pm – 3:30pm

Session 7: Whakatutuki: Bringing it together

Introduction to synthesis 

4pm – 5pm

Session 8: Closing discussion 


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