Mātauranga Māori of taonga species | acknowledging the value and integrity of indigenous knowledge Event as iCalendar

30 July 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Anna Santure

Contact email: a.santure@auckland.ac.nz

Dr John Perrott, Institute of Applied Ecology, School of Science, and Mātauranga Māori Engagement Manager, Research and Innovation Office, Auckland University of Technology
Dr John Perrott

Speaker: Dr John Perrott, Institute of Applied Ecology, School of Science, and Mātauranga Māori Engagement Manager, Research and Innovation Office, Auckland University of Technology


The hihi or stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta) is a rare honeyeater-like bird endemic, to the North Island and adjacent offshore islands of New Zealand.

Once widespread and well known throughout Māoridom, hihi went into decline during the 1860s and are now confined to just a few sites.

The story of hihi is a tale of the significant negative impacts the land wars and land confiscations had on our taonga species and Mātauranga Māori.

In this talk John will also discuss Māori concepts of spirituality and how the New Zealand science education system communicates the importance of the Māori worldview.