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    Māori and Antarctica: Ka mua, ka muri seminar series

    Ka kawe nga kī i te Tonga
    To carry the knowledge from the South

    Nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei wānanga ipurangi hosted by te rōpū rangahau, the Vision Mātauranga team of Ross Sea Region Research and Monitoring Plan.

    This research aims to engage Māori hapū and iwi in a kōrero about their history of connection to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and their aspirations for voice and representation in New Zealand’s Antarctic science, policy and governance in the future.

    While kanohi ki te kanohi is still a bit risky and uncertain due to COVID we hope that this website creates a space for meaningful engagement for Māori hapū and iwi, organisations, and representative bodies. It is a great way to engage with Māori history of connection to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean to establish our aspirations for future voice and representation, and how we go about achieving those aspirations.

    The series of online seminars is now available to view

    1. Te whakairo – Kaumatua Te Warihi Hetaraka (Ngātiwai) and Dr Priscilla Wehi introduce the kaupapa with a short film
    2. Tuku iho, tuku iho – Associate Professor Sandy Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Maniapoto; Ngāti Rārua ki te Tau Ihu, Ngāti Tama ki te Waipounamu) and Aimee Kaio (Ngāi Tahu, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāpuhi) speak on Māori history of southern ocean voyaging.
    3. Mātauranga Māori and Antarctic science – Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Te Arawa) talks about deepending Antarctic science with a mātauranga lens.
    4. Ice melt and sea level rise     – Dr Pete Russell (Ngāpuhi) speaks on the complexity of Antarctic ice melt and predicting sea level rise.
    5. Fishing the Southern Ocean – Jack Fenaughty outlines the history of fishing in the southern ocean and its management.
    6. Researching the Ross Sea     – Dr Matt Pinkerton talks on marine management in the Southern Ocean and the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.
    7. Māori philosophy and Antarctica    – Associate Professor Krushil Watene (Ngati Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua o Orakei, Tonga) talks about how Antarctica provides an opportunity to reimagine how we relate to landscapes and eachother.
    8. Māori voice and representation in NZ Antarctic science, policy and governance – Dr Billy van Uitregt (Ngaa Rauru, Tūhoe, Nederlander) identifies where Māori voice and representation exists in NZs Antarctic activities and where it could be strengthened in the future.

    Next steps: Register for the seminar

    The next step is to get whānau, hapū and iwi talking and engaging in the website and then come back together for a wānanga on Wednesday 12 August. Please forward this information around to any whānau, hapū and iwi members that you think will be interested and let them know they can register to become part of the kōrero: https://maoriantarctica.org/registration/

    Richard Liddicoat

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    Māori and Antarctica: Ka mua, ka muri seminar series