Kāhui

The Kāhui Māori provides both expertise and awareness of the issues in the focal area to advise the Challenge, so that its science directions, quality and approach will deliver real benefits for Māori.

Liana Poutu

Liana graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Arts and Law.  Liana’s legal career has a strong focus on Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty Settlement negotiations, Māori land and Māori governance issues. She has represented iwi groups before the Waitangi Tribunal, specifically in the Wai 262 Flora and Fauna, Aquaculture, Foreshore & Seabed, Management of Petroleum, National Park and other district inquiries.

Liana was seconded to Taranaki Iwi (one of the eight iwi in Taranaki) where she was employed as the General Manager.  This role included significant engagement on minerals related issues with central government, local government, industry, iwi and hapu. 

Liana was also part of the Oil and Minerals Group advising and working on behalf of the Iwi Leaders’ Forum. She is currently the Chair of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Trust and holds a number of other governance roles, including Director of Tui Ora Ltd, Trustee of Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust and Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board. Her Whakapapa links to: Taranaki-nui-tonu.

Andrew (Anaru) Luke

Andrew was elected to the Ngāti Rārua Iwi Trust, Settlement Trust and Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Rārua in 2011 and has held positions as Trustee, Chair and is currently the Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Rārua (One of the eight iwi of Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka – Top of the South Island). He was an independent Director of Te Tao Tangaroa Limited (the Ngāti Rārua fishing asset holding company) for eight years. Andrew currently works for the Department of Conservation (DOC) as Director, Future Direction/Strategic Positioning to ensure that Māori values are incorporated across conservation business. 

His team service a Ministerially appointed Committee that are accountable for an annual distribution of government funds for biodiversity management on Maori land and the revitalisation and protection of matauranga Maori.  

Andrew previously worked for the Ministry for the Environment and Ministry of Fisheries. He has a strong passion for the environment and incorporating Māori values (economic, cultural, social, and environmental) and knowledge in to the management of natural resources. His Whakapapa links to: Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Kinohaku, Ngāti Maniapoto, Rangitane.

Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

Sarah-Jane has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Waikato and is the Academic Director for the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development which is an entity of the Waikato Tainui Group.  Previously, Sarah-Jane was a Senior Research Fellow, Pro Vice Chancellor Māori Office, University of Waikato and Associate Professor and Academic Director, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. 

Sarah-Jane’s professional specialty is social science specialising in Kaupapa Māori research methods and theory, iwi development research and engagement and the interface between mātauranga Māori and science. 

Sarah-Jane was a member of the Sustainable Seas Interim Science Leadership Team and was key in pulling together the material for both the Vision Mātauranga and Tangaroa programmes for the Challenge. Her Whakapapa links to: Te Rarawa, Waikato, Ngaati Awa, Ngaati Pikiao (whaangai) descent.

Sheryl Miller

Sheryl is the Senior Science Coordinator at Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Latest news and updates

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Jonathan Chan, from Auckland Grammar School, has won the Eureka Award Gold Scholarship sponsored by NIWA for the most innovative and creative science, technology and/or engineering solution that addresses issues at the core of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.

Coastal tipping points talk at EDS conference

Prof Simon Thrush gave an invited presentation about our national estuaries experiment, and opportunities for management and governance agencies to address sudden unexpected changes in marine ecosystems.