Mātauranga Māori and sustainability

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Presented by Dr Pauline Harris (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Rakaipaka and Ngāti Kahungunu; Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe); Dr Ocean Mercier Van Berkel (Ngāti Porou)

Lectures, talks and seminars

Toitū te Ao—Sustainability Week

11 Sep 2019 6:00 pm to 11 Sep 2019 7:30 pm

Te Herenga Waka marae, Victoria University of Wellington

Explore the guidance of maramataka (the Māori lunar calendar), the thinking behind the University’s Living Pā, and Māori te taiao (environmental) initiatives.

Join Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Pauline Harris (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Rakaipaka and Ngāti Kahungunu), Professor Rawinia Higgins (Tūhoe) and Dr Ocean Mercier Van Berkel (Ngāti Porou) for an evening of Kotahi te anga whakamua―he tiaki taiao/Mātauranga Māori and sustainability.

Dr Harris will talk about her research at the interface of Māori and western science, including around traditional ecological knowledge and climate change. She uses tools and knowledge from both systems to engage in research with communities and knowledge holders to revitalise and generate knowledge of Māori astronomy and maratamaka (Māori traditional calendars).

Professor Higgins will explain the thinking behind the University’s Living Pā project, a uniquely Māori multipurpose teaching, learning, engagement, and research complex that targets the highest level of sustainability.

Dr Mercier will discuss Māori approaches to te taiao management, drawing from projects in the domains of whenua, freshwater and moana. She will explore applications of mātauranga and tikanga and how peoples’ connections to place deepen their commitments to manage and alleviate pressures on te taiao.

For more information contact: Crispin Anderlini

Speaker Bios

Dr Pauline Harris is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Science in Society in the University’s Faculty of Science; Professor Higgins is the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori); Dr Ocean Mercier Van Berkel is Head of Te Kawa a Māui–School of Māori Studies.