Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund Assessment Panel

An independent assessment panel appointed by MBIE will assess eligible 2020 Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund proposals and will advise us on which proposals to fund.

Proposals are assessed against the assessment criteria set out in the 2020 Call for Proposals.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund 2020 Call for Proposals [PDF, 3.8 MB]

If you are submitting a proposal for the 2020 Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund investment round, check the assessment panel for any potential conflicts of interest.  If you identify a potential conflict, email us immediately with the following details so we can reassign assessors if necessary:

  • your application reference
  • your contact phone number
  • the assessor’s name or names
  • the reason for your concern.

Panel members

Panel member biographies

Linda Faulkner (Chair)

Director, Tutaio Ltd
Deputy Director Māori, Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
Iwi: Ngāti Rangi, Whanganui

Linda Faulkner comes from a Māori policy, research, relationship and environmental management background. She is currently a Director in a private consultancy, Tutaiao Ltd, focusing on policy, planning and people. At present Linda is Manahautū (Deputy Director Māori) within the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, providing oversight and management across the Challenge in relation to its implementation of Vision Mātauranga, as well as its Māori-centred and Iwi-led research aiming to achieve targeted and specific outcomes for Māori. Linda also maintains a number of contracts with iwi and hapū based organisations, as well as other organisations and agencies providing strategic planning and policy development services.

Linda has previously held a number of senior executive roles in the national environmental management sector including 12 years’ experience as a General Manager for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), and its predecessor the Environmental Risk Management Authority. In these roles Linda was responsible for providing Māori strategy, policy, and operational advice and assistance to governance boards, statutory decision making committees and panels, the EPA’s statutory Māori Advisory Committee, industry and government agencies. Early in her career Linda also spent more than 10 years in the New Zealand Controlled Environment Laboratory at the Horticulture and Food Research Institute in Palmerston North, and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) where she provided technical support to research projects.

Shaun Ogilvie (Deputy Chair)

Director, Eco Research Associates Ltd
Māori Business Development Consultant, Cawthron Institute
Adjunct Associate Professor, Lincoln University
Iwi: Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakahemo), Ngāti Awa (Ngāti Pukeko)

Shaun Ogilvie is the Director of Eco Research Associates Ltd, a private environmental research company. He is also a Māori Business Development Consultant for the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, and does contract work for many other research organisations and private companies. Shaun is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Lincoln University. He was previously Tumuaki of the Kaupapa Māori Unit of Lincoln’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty. Before this, he was the Principal Scientist of Māori Research at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Christchurch. He was also a Scientist at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research. Shaun has extensive experience of environmental research with Māori communities and his current research interests include the development of sustainable deep-sea fishing methods. Shaun has a science background, and knowledge of the New Zealand science system. He holds a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Canterbury.

Christine Kenney

Associate Professor, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University
Iwi: Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāi Tahu 

Associate Professor Christine Kenney is a Māori social science researcher at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research with a dual background in sociology and public health. She has global expertise in implementing community-centred research on resilience with indigenous peoples as well as policy projects with governments, local authorities, NGOS and the private sector in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Christine currently leads the Indigenous disaster research team at the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Centre of Research Excellence in Community Resilience. In this context, she has co-chaired the NZ Natural Hazards Research Platform Social science advisory panel, been a recipient of Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden funding (2016 and 2017), and a contributor to New Zealand’s National Disaster Resilience Strategy (2019). Her current programme of research addresses integrated collaborative governance in disasters as well as Māori and Indigenous concerns pertaining to disaster risk reduction, response, recovery, workforce development and citizen science. This work has been internationally recognised as best practice, prompting invitations to participate in global working groups (UNDRR, 2019, UNOCHA, 2016) present keynotes at UN events (UNESCO 2014, United Nations 2015) and contribute to UN (UNDRR, 2014-2015) and WHO (2020) publications as well as her nomination for the Pacific seat on the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2017- 2019).

Rebekah Fuller

Research Scientist, Lincoln Agritech
Iwi: Ngāpuhi

Rebekah Fuller’s passion is exploring the interface between Mātauranga Māori and science. For her Master’s degree, Rebekah studied the Māori use of fungi and the completed a PhD in ethnobotany at the University of Hawai’i looking into the Polynesian use of fungi. She has since worked as a researched fungal genetics, resistance to fungal diseases by traditional cultivars of kumara (Ipomea batatas) and the health benefits of mara kai (food gardens) on marae.

Rebekah is involved in MBIE-funded Endeavour projects with Lincoln Agritech’s Biotechnology Group. Core to her role is the Vision Mātauranga Māori component of both the ‘Bacterial-fungal hybrid endophytes for nitrogen-fixation and stress-tolerance in pine and ryegrass’ and the ‘Magnetotactic bacteria for contaminant removal’ projects. This includes meaningful engagement with iwi, hāpu, and marae to shape approaches to sampling as well as formulating intellectual property agreements. The science programmes will develop research of benefit to Māori, while acknowledging Māori ways of knowing. Rebekah hopes to provide an opportunity for community researchers to drive research, enable two-way knowledge transfer, while providing learning opportunities for Māori students.

Jane Kitson

Director, Kitson Consulting Ltd
Iwi: Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe and Waitaha (Oraka-Aparima me Awarua Rūnanga)

Jane is an ecologist and environmental scientist with research interests in freshwater, mahinga kai and cultural monitoring/management. She is the director of Kitson Consulting Ltd, an environmental consultancy that links values and science to support mana whenua in their environmental management aspirations and needs.

Jane has worked in a range of research and management projects including doctoral research on traditional ecological knowledge and harvest management of tītī/muttonbirds (Puffinus griseus); microbial food webs in lakes; research on kanakana/lamprey and the use of harvest mātauranga to monitor population trends, and coastal and freshwater environmental science at Environment Southland, Te Ao Marama Inc and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Jane has worked in both Māori and local government worlds on a range of collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects including research on Mātauranga Māori to aid environmental management. She is a co-leader of the MBIE funded Ngā Kete o te Wānanga: Mātauranga Māori, Science & Freshwater Management research programme, a board member of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (New Zealand Māori Centre of Research Excellence), member of the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society, member of the Research Advisory Committee for Seafood Innovations Limited, and a Guardian of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau.

Hēmi Whaanga

Associate Professor, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato (University of Waikato)
Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha

Dr Hēmi Whaanga is an associate professor in Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao (The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies) at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato (University of Waikato). Hēmi has worked as a project leader and researcher on a range of projects centred on the revitalisation, protection, distribution and development of Mātauranga and te reo Māori in a digital world. He incorporates multi-method techniques and methodologies to analyse and develop new Mātauranga in a range of linguistic, cultural and digital contexts including the design of ethical platforms for digitally managing and distributing Mātauranga, oral traditions, Māori ecological knowledge, ecological taxonomies and naming protocols, Māori astronomical knowledge and kaitiakitanga. He affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu through his father, and Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe and Waitaha through his mother.

Ocean Mercier

Head of School, Te Kawa a Māui (Victoria University)
Iwi: Ngāti Porou

Ocean Mercier is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui (Victoria University). She has contributed to the public communication of science through nearly two decades of research and teaching in physics and in Māori Studies. After becoming the first Māori woman to earn a PhD in Physics from Victoria, she lectured in physics and then Māori studies at the University and developed a unique programme of courses that critically examine the sciences from Māori and international Indigenous perspectives. Ocean is known for her role as a TV presenter of Coast NZ (Season 3) and Māori TV's science programme Project Mātauranga, which investigates how Māori people, knowledge and methods work with the scientific community to solve a variety of problems. In 2017, Ocean was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) inaugural Cranwell Medal, formerly known as the Science Communicator’s Medal. Ocean’s key research focus is how mātauranga Māori and science connect and relate, particularly in educational contexts. She explores the use of digital technologies in advancing Indigenous and Māori interests. She contributes to a National Science Challenge project investigating the perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of pest wasps in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the co-leader of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga's Te Tai Ao research theme, and co-editor of MAI Journal. She is also involved in research collaborations related to groundwater and ocean circulation.

Clinton Hemana

Senior Consultant, Ag-NOSIS Limited
Director, Hemana Consulting Limited
Iwi: Ngāti Pikiao

Clinton Hemana is the Senior Consultant for Ag-NOSIS Limited an agribusiness consultancy company and Managing Director of Hemana Consulting Limited, a governance and strategic management consultancy. He is a member of the Institute of Primary Industry Management and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.  He received a Post Graduate Diploma on Māori Resource Development from Massey University in 1999.  His passion is to assist the sustainable utilisation of the natural advantage that New Zealand has to help grow the national economy and since 2002 he has been working primarily in the Māori resource management and Agribusiness sector as he believes the greatest opportunities for advancing the growth of New Zealand exist in this space. Clinton holds several governance roles in various companies, Māori Authorities and Ahu Whenua Māori Trusts and works as a private agribusiness consultant to farms and agribusinesses throughout the North Island.

Richard Brooking

Chairman, Patunamu Forest Limited
Director, Independent Facilitators Limited
Director, Ako Solutionz
Chairman, Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust
Chairman, Whakaki Lake Trust
Iwi: Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri

Richard Brooking is the Chairman of Patunamu Forest Limited - a forest company in the Wairoa area; Director of Independent Facilitators Limited - a private planning and facilitation company; Director of Ako Solutionz - a behavioural change company; Chairman of the Te Ha Sestercentennial Trust - promoting "dual heritage and shared future" activities up to October 2019 and legacy activities for the future and is Chairman of the Whakaki Lake Trust - currently working with a number of strategic partners on lake revitalisation projects.

Richard was formerly a Director for Watson & Sons Ltd, a Manuka-honey exporting company and ManukaMed a company selling Manuka infused wound dressings internationally. He was also Chairman of Wharerata Forest Ltd, a past Board Member for Tairāwhiti Museum, the pre and post settlement General Manager for Ngāi Tāmanuhiri  and Iwi Representative for the Wastewater Management Committee for Gisborne District Council.  Richard has a history of service to the community, reflected by his previous roles including: a term as a Gisborne City Councillor 1986-89 and a Gisborne District Councillor 1989-92; Chairman of the Eastland Community Trust for six years which developed a distribution framework that now supports a substantial annual grants programme to the Gisborne community for social, cultural, environmental and economic projects. 

He spent years in the public sector, worked at a very senior level and still has a keen interest in areas addressing community health, education, justice, Māori development and regional economic development.

Last updated: 29 January 2019