Melanie Mark-Shadbolt

Keynote speaker

BioHeritage Challenge Director Māori, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt

Through her work, Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa) advocates for system changes that benefit indigenous people and communities.

In addition to her role at the Challenge, Mel is the Ministry for the Environment’s Kaihautu Chief Māori Advisor, and Chief Executive of Te Tira Whakamātaki. At BioHeritage, she works in partnership with the Director on strategic priorities and building strategic links with Māori and indigenous researchers, groups and entities.

  • At Crazy & Ambitious 2, Mel is a keynote speaker at the evening networking function event:
    Indigenous environmental concerns in a shrinking world. Sponsored by Te Tira Whakamātaki

She is also MC for the Day Two panel: NZ’s biodiversity trajectory; shifting the dial from extraction to restoration. The people debating this hot topic are:

  • Pania Newton, SOUL
  • Professor David Norton, University of Canterbury
  • Peter Brunt, Department of Conservation
  • Shaun Neeley, Aquila Farming

Embedding the principles and concepts of Vision Mātauranga (VM) is a key focus of her work for the Challenge, with Mel providing advice and support on Māori world views, tikanga, mātauranga, language, research priorities, and methodologies.

Mel’s areas of research include the human dimensions of environmental health – specifically how indigenous people participate in the management and protection of their culturally significant spaces and species.

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