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He Pūkenga Pūtaiao: Māori Women & Science

He Pūkenga Pūtaiao: Māori Women & Science

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When:

  • Fri 14 Jul, 12:10pm – 1:00pm

Where:

Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

What’s it like being a Māori woman involved in the world of science?
With so many different layers of society intersecting in their lives, challenges abound for this mana wahine. Chaired by Turnbull librarian Anne Waapu, the panel will explore some of the issues they have faced on their science journeys as Māori, as women.

Come and join in the discussion as we seek to both explore and dispel the possible echoes of dusky maiden-ism in the science world.

About the speakers:
Dr. Ocean Mercier (Ngāti Porou):
Based at Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University since 2005, Ocean has an Honours Degree and PhD in Physics. Her teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts.

Some current kaupapa include co-leading a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa and exploring the efficacy of digital communication technologies in advancing Indigenous and Māori conversations and interests.

Dr. Hiria McRae (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu):
Hiria has a Bachelor’s Degree in Māori, a Diploma in Teaching (primary) and a PhD in Education. A Senior Lecturer in Te Kura Māori, Faculty of Education at Victoria University, her research interests include place-based education and education for sustainability in relation to Māori. Her PhD thesis “Ngāti Whakaue Iho Ake – An Iwi Science Education Exploration” examined Māori student success in science education.

Pounamu Tipiwai Chambers (Kāi Tahu, Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Ngāti Hineuru):
Pounamu is studying at Victoria University and is part of Pauline’s programme to help connect young people with Māori astronomy. She is featured in the Wāhine: Beyond the dusky maiden exhibition, and was only 16 when she made her first voyage to Rarotonga on the waka hourua (double-hulled waka) Te Matau a Māui in 2015.

Dr. Pauline Harris (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu):
Pauline has a Master’s Degree in Astronomy and a PhD in Astrophysics. She is currently based in the Science and Society group at Victoria University, where she is dedicated to searching for extra-solar planets and to the collation and revitalisation of Māori astronomical star lore.

Pauline is currently working on a project called "Ngā Takahuringā ō te ao: The effect of climate change on traditional Māori calendars". A collaborative effort between the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART) and ʻohana from Hawaiʻi, this project secured a substantial Marsden grant in 2016.

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