Kāhui Māori

Our Kāhui Māori provides the Governance Board and Science Leadership Team with strategic advice and input into our science strategy and priorities, and helps with the assessment of science quality, performance and responsiveness to iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori business goals.

Kāhui Māori Members

Aimee Kaio

Managing Director, NORA Limited | Ngāi Tahu

Aroha Mead

Independent researcher | Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou

Chris Insley

Managing Director, 37 Degrees South Limited | Te Whānau-a-Apanui

Darren Ngaru King

Interdisciplinary research scientist, Māori society and climate, NIWA | Ngāti Raukawa

Garth Harmsworth

Senior Scientist, Landcare Research | Te Arawa, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Raukawa

Sandy Morrison (attending as VM Lead)

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Māori and Pacific Development, University of Waikato | Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Rarua, Te Arawa

Latest news and updates

portrait of Adrian McDonald

"These models are good. They have real predictive power." Q&A with departing P&O lead, Adrian McDonald

Today we announce that our Processes & Observations programme lead, Adrian McDonald, is stepping down from our Science Leadership Team. We thank him for his calm and warm leadership over the last two and a half years. In this Q&A (taken from our recently published magazine Kia Urutau | Adapt), we asked Adrian about the role of climate modelling in supporting good adaptation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

double page opening spread of magazine article

The Living Net: Kai in a Changing Climate

I MEET PETER INSLEY on a low promontory that rests above the Hāparapara River. Kids have built a rickety jumping platform in the pūriri and mānuka above us, but the water below – blue and glistening – looks treacherous. It’s hard to gauge the depth or see the snags. The river has always behaved like this. It beelines out of the hills and hits this hard rock, pooling and gathering before sweeping off again towards Omaio Bay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Paul Robinson on the border between the Hutt River and his Port Road property

Port Road: Climate risks at our urban edges

IT’S A CALM SUNDAY morning as I arrive at the home of Wellington property investor Paul Robinson, in the thriving beachside community of Plimmerton. Armed with muffins from the local café, I’m greeted by Paul’s friendly border collie Harry, who herds me into a stunning, carefully designed house.