Theme Leader Te Tai Ao - Natural Environment

Dr Ocean Mercier

Ngāti Porou
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University of Wellington

Ocean’s teaching and research interests are varied, but her key focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts and using novel digital technologies. She co-leads a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa. Her research also involves kaupapa Māori reading of films. She is the presenter of Māori Television's Project Mātauranga and presents for TVNZ’s Coast.

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes

Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu
Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre
Massey University

Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes is based out of Massey University and is currently Director of Whāriki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre. She has worked on research in many areas; more recently relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, alcohol and youth well-being and identity.