Te Kūwaha key contacts

Contacts for our Te Kūwaha science centre.

Iwi / hapū: 
Ngāi Tūhoe
Position: 
Manager - Maori Strategy and Engagement
Phone: 
+64-7-856-1793
Email: 
Marino.Tahi@niwa.co.nz
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.
Iwi / hapū: 
Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau ā Apanui
Position: 
Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha)
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0366
Email: 
Erica.Williams@niwa.co.nz
Erica 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.      
Iwi / hapū: 
Ngāti Raukawa
Position: 
Environmental Scientist
Phone: 
+64-9-375-2086
Email: 
Darren.King@niwa.co.nz
Iwi / hapū: 
Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakahemo
Position: 
Pou Hononga - Maori & the Marine Environment
Phone: 
+64-7-856-1770
Email: 
Kura.Paul-Burke@niwa.co.nz
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.
Iwi / hapū: 
Ngāti Koata, Tainui-a-whiro, Ngāti Porou
Position: 
Environmental Research/Science Communication
Phone: 
+64-7-859-1869
Email: 
Darcel.Rickard@niwa.co.nz
Darcel Rickard 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.
Iwi / hapū: 
Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a- Apanui
Position: 
Pou Ārahi – Māori Development Leader
Phone: 
+64-3-343-8057
Email: 
Andre.Konia@niwa.co.nz
Andre has joined NIWA from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. The Pou Ārahi role is to build and strengthen our relationships with hapū, iwi, and Māori communities to respond to their research priorities and aspirations. Andre’s approach to codevelopment of projects ensures Māori voice is heard and aspirations are embedded.
Iwi / hapū: 
Taranaki, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rangi, Te Taou
Position: 
Pou Ārahi – Māori Development Leader
Phone: 
+64-4-386-0548
Email: 
Lee.Rauhina-August@niwa.co.nz
Lee recently worked for Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o Te Ika (Port Nicholson Block) as Kaiwhakahaere Taiao me Tono – Manager, Environmental and Cultural Services. Her Pou Ārahi role is charged with guiding staff to work collaboratively with Māori that creates, implements and delivers on best practice. Nā te mahi tahi, waiho ma te tangata e mihi!
Iwi / hapū: 
Tainui
Position: 
Pou Ārahi – Māori Development Leader
Phone: 
+64-7-859-1838
Email: 
Niketi.Toataua@niwa.co.nz
Niketi is a whanau, hapū and iwi engagement specialist. He has over 27 years of experience in iwi consultation and designing and managing iwi engagement. In his role as a Pou Ārahi he looks to facilitate strong working relationships between whanau, hapū and iwi and NIWA.

Full Staff List

Position Email Phone (external)
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
Mark Fenwick Marine Ecology Technician Mark.Fenwick@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0804
Dr Darren King Environmental Scientist Darren.King@niwa.co.nz +64-9-375-2086
Andre Konia Pou Ārahi – Māori Development Leader Andre.Konia@niwa.co.nz +64-3-343-8057
Kelly May Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha) Kelly.May@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0361
Kelly Ratana Environmental Scientist Kelly.Ratana@niwa.co.nz +64-7-856-1729
Lee Rauhina-August Pou Ārahi – Māori Development Leader Lee.Rauhina-August@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0548
Darcel Rickard Environmental Research/Science Communication Darcel.Rickard@niwa.co.nz +64-7-859-1869
Marino Tahi Manager - Maori Strategy and Engagement Marino.Tahi@niwa.co.nz +64-7-856-1793
Dr Erica Williams Scientist - Māori Environmental Research (Te Kūwaha) Erica.Williams@niwa.co.nz +64-4-386-0366