Blog: Kaputī with Kimberley Maxwell

Oct 27, 2020 | latest

Kia ora whānau 

Kimberley Maxwell is featuring on the ZUI panel this month discussing Settlement and the Environment. The ZUI is on Wednesday 28th October and will be streamed live on Facebook from 8pm. 

Growing up in Ōpōtiki, Kimberley comes from a long line of hunter gatherers, the moana and whenua have always been important to her. 

“I’ve headed out to the bush, river and sea, all throughout my life. When I’m in nature, there’s always the utmost feeling of respect, that I’m a tiny speck in comparison to the world’s enormity. Thinking of the sea invokes for me sounds of splashing, laughter, and rhythmic waves. The sight of worn debris, glittering sunshine on green-blue hues and muted colours underneath the surface. The feel of bubbles rising along goose bumped skin and the embrace of cool water enveloping you. I gain a sense of calm despite the ocean’s deathly power. I feel uplifted once more”. 

These experiences led her to a career in marine biology where Kimberley is now the lead researcher for the Whakatōhea Case Study on the Moana Project. 

The Moana Project is a 5-year MBIE Endeavour Fund project looking to revolutionise the way ocean forecasting is provided to organisations to support marine economic and environmental decision-making. The MetService’s Oceanography team, MetOcean Solutions leads the project, in collaboration with over 62 researchers across 29 organisations, including iwi partner Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board. If you are interested in the Moana Project, check it out here: 

The Whakatōhea Case Study brings together the different knowledge strands of the Moana Project as a Moana/Marine Plan for Whakatōhea, and an Iwi Impact Assessment Framework with kuku/green-lipped mussels as the focus.

At the core of this mahi, Kimberley would like for all Whakatōhea descendants to be able to ‘get a feed. After all, this is our Whakatōhea vision – to be the food bowl that feeds the world – (a-tinana, a-wairua/ in body and spirit).’

“In creating the Moana plan, we are identifying what we want our moana to be like and creating a map to make that a reality. Then we can set Whakatōhea’s compass in that direction and row our waka towards our thriving marine future, navigating the issues we have identified, with tools gained from our ancestors together with new information from our present-day researchers through the Moana Project.” 

How does Settlement connect to this? “Whakatōhea will manaaki the environment regardless of the Settlement, the Settlement will help Whakatōhea, the place and people, to thrive together.” 

Her aspiration is for all of us to have our say in a forum where action can take place in a co-ordinated way. The Settlement then becomes a springboard from which to achieve these goals. 

We can’t wait to hear more from Kimberley and her developments on the Whakatōhea case study.

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