Dr Dan Hikuroa – Auckland University
(Te Apārangi Sponsored Speaker)
Dan Hikuroa is a father, surfer, paddle-boarder and loves the taiao. He is also an Associate Professor in Te Wānanga o Waipapa (Māori Studies), Waipapa Taumata Rau-University of Auckland, employing Earth Systems/Environmental Humanities approaches in his work and an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge and science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with. Dan is UNESCO New Zealand Commissioner for Culture, has key roles within New Zealand’s National Centres of Research Excellence and National Science Challenges and advises national and regional government, communities and philanthropic trusts. Dan is spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability, including weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies with science and into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools.
Daniel’s lecture will touch on marine restoration and the role that mātauranga and mana whenua play in keeping the balance for this important environment.