Tahuhu Matatau Te Ao Tangaroa  Empowering kaitiaki
23 Sept

Maritime Museum Breakfast Talk: Empowering kaitiaki

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.

In this breakfast talk Caine Taiapa, Regan Fairlie and Reon Tuanau will discuss an online pātaka korero (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.

This event is free, but registration is required.

Light breakfast/morning tea provided.

About the speakers

Caine Taiapa (Project Leader) 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 well-being.

Regan Fairlie (researcher) 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.

Reon Tuanau is a kaitiaki for Ngāi Te Rangi. He has been involved in co-developing the tool.

Find out more about this project: Tāhuhu Matatau Te Ao Tangaroa: Empowering the kaitiaki of Ngā Whare Tokotoru ki Katikati with mātauranga from Aotearoa and beyond 

Previous events

This is the third event in a breakfast talk series in partnership with the NZ Maritime Museum.

The first talk on 17 June explored Aotearoa's blue economy.

The second talk on 19 August is about predicting coastal contamination for safer aquaculture and beaches.


The Learning Space, NZ Maritime Museum, Auckland

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