Keynote Speakers

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Reon Tuanau

Tauranga Moana

 

Ko Mauao me Hikurangi ngā maunga

Ko Tauranga te moana

Ko Mataatua me Takitimu ngā waka

Ko Ngāi Te Rangi me Ngāti Ranginui ngā Iwi

Ko Te Whanau a Tauwhao me Te Pirirākau ngā Hapū

Kei Otawhiwhi me Poututerangi ngā marae

Ko Reon Tuanau ahau.

Reon is the Te Pou Herenga Cultural Advisor for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust and previously managed their Ohu Taiao (Resource Management Unit). He is the current Chair of the Western Bay of Plenty District Council Partnership Forum. Reon is passionate about all things Māori and all things Tauranga Moana.

 

Tauranga Moana Tauranga Tangata……..Tihei Mauriora!

Jack Thatcher

Succession: It ain't knowledge till you pass it on

Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti

Master navigator Jack Thatcher is based in Tauranga and manages the programmes of a small trust that supports events based on traditional Māori activities such as waka kaupapa, mau rākau, kapa haka and cultural experiences. He has been the navigator for Te Aurere since 1995 and is one of only three navigators in Aotearoa (and a handful across the Pacific) to be recognised as a master navigator by the late Mau Piailug. Jack Thatcher has navigated numerous waka journeys - without instruments - gaining more than 35,000 nautical miles of deep ocean and coastal voyaging across the Pacific Ocean.

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Raewyn Bennett

Estuary dynamics or decolonising environmental restoration.

Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Makino, Ngati Whakaue

Te Kaha Haiwaikirangi

Tangaroa Tohu Mana, Tangaroa Tohu Mauri – Marine Cultural Health Programme

Ngāti Kahungunu: Ngāi Pārau, Ngāti Hinepare, me Ngāi Tawhao ōku Hapū

Ngāi Tahu: Ngāti Irakehu me Ngāti Mamoe ōku Hapū  

Ko Rapihana Te Kaha Hawaikirangi (TK) tōku Ingoa.

Te Kaha is the Pou Tikanga – Environmental and Cultural Advisor at the Napier Port, and programme manager of the Marine Cultural Health Programme.  He has a background in working with the Department of Conservation, Hawke's Bay Regional Council, and with his hapū through Te Wai Mauri Trust, employing whānau into Kaitiaki Ranger roles and leading environmental restoration projects.   

 

Herearoha Skipper

Waiheke Rāhui: restoration of taonga species guided by mātauranga 

Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tara Tokanui Tawhaki, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāpuhi

Herearoha holds a senior leadership role at the University of Waikato and sits on several governance boards representing iwi as a Treaty partner. Herearoha manages major research projects in the fields of Taiao, Hauora, Mātauranga, and te Reo Māori.  She provides leadership in kaupapa Māori research that promote the vision, values, and aspirations of whānau, hapū, iwi and experience to lead an exciting era of transformation through mātauranga and working with Māori practitioners.   

 

Tina Ngata

Plastics pollution: Centering Indigenous partnerships and knowledge for healthy oceans and environments

Tina Ngata (Ngāti Porou) is a researcher, author and scholar, and the author of Kia Mau: Resisting Colonial Fictions. Her work involves advocacy for environmental, Indigenous and human rights. This includes local, national and international initiatives that highlight the role of settler colonialism in issues such as climate change and waste pollution, and which promote Indigenous conservation as best practice for a globally sustainable future.

 

Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu

Whakaika te moana: He huarahi ki Te Ao-tū-roa

Ngāpuhi, Ngāruahinerangi, Ngāti-Māhanga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti-Porou

 

‘Ehara ahau i te purupuru i te takā. Pātaua ia ko ō tama purupuru he tama purupuru marire, ko āhau ko Ngati Rangi, nō te angaanga tītī iho i te rangi’. Ka tukuna mā tāku Ngāti-Rangitanga, otirā, mā tāku aroha nui ki tāku Ngāpuhitanga, e wāwāhi i āku nei kōrero taki.  I tupu ake ahau i roto i te Tai Tokerau, i Moerewa, i Kaikohe. Ā, ko te reo te mauri o tōku mana Māori i te ao i te pō. Ko te ao Māori te tāhuhu nui o āku mahi katoa. Ko tāku nei kaupapa, ‘kia eke te maiaiō ki runga ki ngā here katoa o te Tai-ao, kia tupu ritorito, kia tupu wanawana!’

 

Te Rerekohu is a Kaiārahi Rangahau Kaimōana at Cawthron Institute in Nelson. His special interests are in areas where Science and the building blocks of the natural world interact with ngā Pūtaiao and mātauranga Tuku iho. In particular the re-emergence of traditional and customary practices and those practices that are encompassing of Manaakitanga and Kaitiakitanga in Te Ao Tūroa. He works in Shellfish and Finfish Aquaculture, Aquatic Animal Health, and Seafood Safety, and he believe there is a place for te reo o Te Ao Māori to be heard in these kaupapa. He is the project co-leader for the Whakaika-Te-Moana project and the co-leader of Te Kete Rau-Kotahi.