I am from Tamaki Makaurau in the north of Aotearoa (Maori name for New Zealand). My work focuses on the protection of the coastal and marine environments in which I have spent so much of my life, with a particular interest in the resilience of island and coastal communities in the face of social and environmental change. I have been privileged to contribute to marine conservation projects throughout Aotearoa and the wider Pacific, and have worked on marine protected area policy and management as well as at sea on industrial fishing vessels. Recently I have been thinking of how conservationists might draw more deeply on notions of environmental justice to inform their priority-setting and community engagement. I am also increasingly interested in ways that environmental movements can better support the health and wellbeing of their members.
In the long term I hope that my work will form part of a collective response to the threats facing our oceans, and will contribute to improving the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the conservation community in Oceania. I am committed to the reconnection of Oceanic peoples through the revival of Pacific voyaging and navigation traditions, and am a crew member on the voyaging canoe Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti.