Te Kūwaha key contacts

Contacts for our Te Kūwaha science centre.

Manager - Maori Strategy and Engagement
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Marino Tahi joined the NIWA Science Management team in 2015. He came to NIWA from Landcare Research where he was Māori Partnerships Manager since 2006. He leads NIWA’s endeavours to maximise the transfer of natural resources and environmental science knowledge to Māori entities and communities, leading Te Kūwaha and working across NIWA sta to achieve this. His tribal affiliations are Ngāi Tūhoe, and he comes from Ruatahuna, a small settlement in Te Urewera.
Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha)
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Erica (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau ā Apanui) started at NIWA in 1995. After completing a MSc (University of Waikato) developing a blue mussel embryo-larval toxicity test, she spent a number of years in the NIWA freshwater fisheries team. Here she gained skills in fish population studies, the downstream migration adult eels and fish passage through culverts. Her PhD (University of Auckland) investigated the effects of a group of contaminants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on shellfish. She is currently working on a wide range of projects spanning both the marine and freshwater environments within the National Centre of Māori Environmental Research.      
Environmental Scientist
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Darren Ngaru King (links to Ngāti Raukawa) is an interdisciplinary research scientist with experience spanning the earth and human-systems sciences.His principal areas of research include (i) Climate and Māori society – investigating the linkages between human and biophysical systems including the factors that influence the risk, vulnerability and resilience of climate-sensitive Māori sectors, systems and groups; and, (ii) Palaeotsunami reconstruction – assessing tsunami disturbance, recurrence and risk along New Zealand’s coast using grounded approaches in applied geology and indigenous (Māori) studies.
Environmental Research/Science Communication
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Darcel Rickard (Ngāti Koata, Tainui-a-whiro, Ngāti Porou) is an early career researcher who joined NIWA in February 2016 in a hybrid science communication/environmental researcher role. Darcel has a background in environmental monitoring and management, however her real passion lies in the communication and engagement of rangatahi, whanau and hapu in science. Darcel leads the science communication and outreach programme for NIWAs National Centre of Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha) within which NIWA aims to promote the science impact and value-add capabilities of the research that our Māori researchers do with hapu, iwi and Maori communities throughout Aotearoa. The programme also looks to increasing Māori science capacity and capability with whanau, hapu and Māori communities.

Full Staff List

Position Email Phone (external)
OT Jackie Colliar Wastewater Engineer Jackie.Colliar@niwa.co.nz +64-7-859-1847
Dr Shannan Crow Freshwater Fish Ecologist Shannan.Crow@niwa.co.nz +64-3-343-7868
Miss Kiriana Isgrove Research Assistant Kiriana.Isgrove@niwa.co.nz +64-7-859-1893
Mr Darren King Environmental Scientist Darren.King@niwa.co.nz +64-9-375-2086
Miss Kelly May Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha) Kelly.May@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0361
Ms Kelly Ratana Environmental Scientist Kelly.Ratana@niwa.co.nz +64-7-856-1729
Miss Darcel Rickard Environmental Research/Science Communication Darcel.Rickard@niwa.co.nz +64-7-859-1869
Mr Apanui Skipper Pou Arahi - Maori Development Apanui.Skipper@niwa.co.nz +64-7-859-1822
Dr Erica Williams Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha) Erica.Williams@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0366