Kura joined NIWA in 2017 and is located at the Hamilton NIWA campus. She is a marine ecologist, applied scientific researcher, dive instructor and a former senior environmental lecturer. Kura specialises in implementing mātauranga Māori with bio-physical science, environmental management and restoration directives for marine taonga species in coastal reef systems and estuarine/harbour environments. Kura has conducted numerous marine research projects for hapū and iwi. All her research findings, recommendations and action management plans have been used to assist Māori and government decision-makers towards the wise use, care and sustainable management of marine taonga species and their associated environs.