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Director of indigenous research centre appointed

An indigenous knowledge and science expert has been appointed research director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, a centre of research excellence at the University of Auckland.

Daniel Hikuroa is an international expert in the integration of indigenous knowledge and science, and has realised several community-based projects, ranging from geothermal developments to industrial waste site rehabilitation.

For the last three years he has been manager of Community Earth Systems Science Programmes at Auckland’s Institute of Earth Science & Engineering.

In his new job, Hikuroa will be responsible for investigating the theoretical and practical potential of integrating indigenous knowledge and science.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga consists of 16 partner research entities. It conducts research of relevance to Māori communities and enables New Zealand to remain at the forefront of global indigenous research and affairs.