Sustainable Seas Breakfast Talk Series: Empowering Kaitiaki

Sustainable Seas Breakfast Talk Series: Empowering Kaitiaki

Presented in partnership with the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, with Caine Taiapa and Regan Fairlie from Manaaki Te Awanui Trust.

Monday 23th September, 9am
The Learning Space, NZ Maritime Museum
Light morning tea provided. Registrations required.


Join us at the New Zealand Maritime Museum for the last talk of this year’s Sustainable Seas Speaker series. This series is a chance to hear from representatives that are a part of the Sustainable Seas challenge as they discuss their research and the future of our oceans.

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.

Caine Taiapa and Regan Fairlie will discuss an online pataka mātauranga (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.

About the speakers

Caine Taiapa 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 wellbeing.

Regan Fairlie 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.

About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge:

The vision of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is for Aotearoa to have healthy marine ecosystems that provide value for every New Zealander. It brings together scientists, social scientists, economists, and experts in mātauranga Māori and policy from more than 30 organisations. It is hosted by NIWA, and is one of 11 National Science Challenges funded by MBIE. 

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  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email to reserve your place.