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Posted on 25 February 2022

Te Au o Te Moana | Special webinar series

Following the cancellation of our 2022 conference Te Au o Te Moana - The Voice of the Ocean, we are pleased to announce a special webinar series. These webinars have been adapted from the planned conference sessions, and are open to all.

The series is running from late March to early April, beginning at 11:30am Tuesday 22 March.

Te Au o Te Moana was suggested to us as the overarching kaupapa or theme for our conference by Joe Harawira from our Kāhui Māori. Find out more.


Click on the links for more information and to register for the sessions.

Tuesday 22 March

Sustainable Seas in a global context 

Our research reflects a uniquely Aoteaora New Zealand approach to achieving healthy marine ecosystems that provide value for all New Zealanders.  

In a global context our work is world leading and brings together researchers and research partners from a wide range of disciplines and sectors that reflect the needs and interests of government, Māori, industry and communities. 

Tuesday 29 March

Improved decision-making for the moana

Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is a dynamic approach emphasising processes alongside outcomes, and which is constantly evolving rather than being a static endpoint.

In this webinar, we acknowledge the existing ways in which the moana is centred in decision-making and extend this to consider possible structural changes to embed EBM principles into our marine management. 

We emphasise co-governance, collaborative decision-making and the importance of scale (spatial and temporal) as key elements to ensure and enhance the implementation of EBM. 

Thursday 31 March

Healthy seas

This webinar will highlight research on the cumulative effects of multiple stressors on ocean health. It will show how ecological understanding can be incorporated into decision guidelines and marine spatial planning tools and to improve ecosystem health. 

The implications of cumulative effects for management and consequences for risk frameworks will also be discussed.

A diverse expert panel will discuss and answer questions on cumulative effects management from multiple perspectives.

Tuesday 5 April

Blue economy

A blue economy consists of activities that create economic value and contribute positively to social, cultural and ecological well-being. We have funded research projects that aim to stimulate blue economy activities across existing and emerging economic sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This webinar will present a selection of these research projects. Project leaders will outline aims and objectives, progress, and pathways to impact. Q&A will be seeded by a panel of sector catalysts who will direct a set of pointy questions to the speakers. 

8 April

He Waka Taurua – navigating dual worldviews to strengthen the voice of the ocean 

Mātauranga Māori is increasingly informing science policy and natural resource management approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This webinar will reflect on the question – what is mātauranga Māori?

Our panel of Kairangahau Māori will discuss the opportunities and barriers for the integration of science and mātauranga Māori to support hapū/iwi marine management priorities and strengthen the voice of our ocean. 

Tuesday 12 April

Whakatutuki: Bringing it all together 

The focus of this webinar is to communicate the aims of the synthesis of our research and the approach to developing outputs with high impact. 

This webinar will provide an overview of our plan for synthesis and highlight examples of where our research has already fed into real life situations and achieved impact. The session includes a discussion on what is needed to maximise the impact of synthesis activities and deliver on the Challenge objective.

This series is the first of a range of activities planned in place of the conference.

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