Dr Daniel Hikuroa, a world leader in the integration of indigenous knowledge and science, has been appointed Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by The University of Auckland.
Dr Hikuroa is an international expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and science, and he has realised many community based projects ranging from geothermal developments to industrial waste site rehabilitation. For the past three years Dr Hikuroa has been the Community Earth Systems Science Programmes Manager at the University’s Institute of Earth Science & Engineering.
As Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Dr Hikuroa will continue to investigate the enormous potential that integrating indigenous knowledge and science can yield, both theoretically and practically. He has recently completed a significant research project: “Restoring the mauri to Rotoitipaku (Industrial Waste Site): Implementing Mātauranga in a Scientific Paradigm” The completion of another keystone project, “Harvesting the fruits of Papatūānuku: A Kaitiaki Approach to Geothermal Development”, is imminent. Both projects are exciting as they forge novel solutions and pathways that would not have been reached by either body of knowledge in isolation.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as Research Director at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. I am excited by the opportunity that this role affords to realise the potential within our mātauranga (indigenous knowledge) which too often lies nascent within our people”.
“Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is delighted that Daniel Hikuroa has joined our Centre and we are privileged to have him share his research expertise,” says Professor Charles Royal, Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. “Daniel’s experience will further strengthen our existing research initiatives and will provide a solid foundation for launching new activities in the fields of Māori and indigenous research and development.”