Meet Amber, a PhD student examining issues related to the treatment of Māori and Moriori remains.
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato
Current PhD candidate
"Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei."
Amber's PhD research examines the issues relating to the repatriation and 'scientific research' of Māori and Moriori ancestral remains. "The thesis will examine these issues from Māori and Moriori perspectives. These perspectives have not been studied in detail before so the research will address an important gap in the scholarship on repatriation, especially considering the ethical issues associated with the treatment of the dead." Amber has a background in Archaeology (MA) and Anthropology (BA) and is currently the researcher for the Karanga Aotearoa Repatriation Programme based at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It is her work in this programme that stimulated her desire to engage in PhD research on this topic. Amber hopes that the research will contribute to the wider knowledge of repatriation and that it will aid in the facilitation of relationships between the scientific community and iwi.