Curriculum VitaeDan Hikuroa NPM CV February 2015
Dr Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth System Scientist with interests in the integration of mātauranga (Māori knowledge) and science to realise indigenous development. Dan has been the Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga since July 2011. He is currently a national committee member of the Sustainability Society of NZ (IPENZ) was also Auckland representative of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. Dan was previously the Community Earth Systems Science Programmes Manager at the Institute of Earth Science and Engineering, The University of Auckland and has an extensive background in Earth Systems Science. After leading a deep field geology mapping expedition for the British Antarctic Survey for his PhD he then completed a Post-Doc Fellowship investigating how the worlds oceans and biota have responded to naturally driven climate change in the ancient past. During that time Dan increasingly found himself drawn to his Māori roots and to exploring the interface between matauranga and science. Dan has established himself a world expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and science and has undertaken many projects including geothermal developments, hazard and vulnerability assessment and industrial waste site rehabilition.
Integrating Matauranga (Maori knowledge) with Science
For many years indigenous or traditional Maori knowledge (matauranga) has been considered incompatible with Western empirical based science, mainly because of the inclusion of holistic and spiritual components in the former. Increasingly the parallels between the two are being recognised and both scientists and holders of matauranga are beginning to work with each other and integration realised.
Earth Systems Science:
Increasingly society is coming to the realization that management of natural resources is best viewed from an Earth Systems approach. Projects in New Zealand (Tarawera River, Hokianga Harbour, Waikato River), eastern North America.
The Rangitaiki Plains (eastern Bay of Plenty) is an area that has experienced multiple natural hazards – earthquakes, volcanic eruption effects (ash falls and flows), post eruption break-out floods, hydrothermal eruptions, flooding, tsunami, sea-level rise, in its short 10 thousand year history. What is of concern to Regional Planners is that any of these may strike again at any time, so understanding frequency and magnitude of these events is paramount.
|Experience Duration from (year)||Expertise||Description|
2014 to 2015
Member of Independent Review Panel of the Marine Spatial Planning process - Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari.
Panel comprises: Paul Beverley (Chair), Professor Chris Battershill, Rick Boven
|Education Duration from (year)||Degree Type||Degree Title||Institution|
1999 to 2004
The Fauna and Biostratigraphy of the Jurassic Latady Formation Antarctic Peninusula
The University of Auckland