Mihi mai ki a Dr Jane Kitson, an ecologist and environmental scientist, who as a teen dreamed of changing into Indiana Jane. She hails from Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe and Waitaha.
“My instant household’s lives revolve across the seasonal calendar of gathering kai. Like kaimoana (seafood), tītī (muttonbirds), trout, salmon, duck or deer looking,” she says.
Her upbringing and curiosity concerning the outdoor and its connection to all dwelling issues impressed her to pursue environmental analysis, primarily round water and meals gathering.
“Being and taking part in outdoor was at all times a part of who I’m. My PhD was about tītī (sooty shearwaters). I grew up understanding that my father’s household had whakapapa connection to the Tītī islands and the precise to reap from there. That herenga (connection) to my whānau drew me to researching extra about tītī.”
Jane runs her personal enterprise, Kitson Consulting Ltd, which she says offers her the flexibility to decide on the mahi she does.
“It sounds flash, nevertheless it isn’t actually. It means I work for myself, have the liberty to work round my whānau and select tasks that may assist Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku. However I’m a tough taskmaster on myself and I prefer to work with others as a result of it’s boring working on my own.”
A energetic character, Jane loves working with and for whānau.
She was pushed to analysis kanakana (New Zealand lamprey or pouched lamprey) after serving to a whānau who wished help writing up their cultural monitoring concerning the taonga species.
She’s now concerned in a Ministry of Enterprise, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) venture with NIWA. The analysis seeks to know the habitat wants of kanakana (lamprey).
“We tracked and tagged pre-spawning kanakana to their spawning nests and recorded the nests and behavior.”
Jane jokes that enterprise that mahi isn’t as simple because it sounds.
“It takes about 14 months between tagging and spawning. We use a big transportable scanner and monitor the kanakana by strolling up and down the river. We have now some unimaginable Ngāi Tahu and NIWA area employees who helped monitor them.”
Her analysis is because of be accomplished and printed early subsequent yr. However she says a number of the preliminary analysis can be printed quickly, in addition to a world collaboration about lamprey fisheries together with historical past, tendencies and administration within the Journal of Nice Lakes Particular Difficulty on Sea Lamprey Worldwide Symposium III (SLIS III).
“Tāngata whenua are the primary driver of managing and defending kanakana right here in Aotearoa. A part of the kanakana mahi we’re doing right here supplies a software equipment round taonga administration for whānau, for a species that little or no was recognized about earlier than.”
Jane has additionally been working with Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiki and Surroundings Southland (Southland Regional Council) on growing the Draft Murihiku Southland Freshwater Aims doc that’s primarily based on science and Ngāi Tahu well being indicators.
What recommendation do you may have for rising kairangahau Māori (Māori researchers)?
“Consider in your self and your kaupapa. Know that extra established Māori researchers are eager to see you succeed and are there that will help you. I’ve had a few lonely many years of being a Māori freshwater scientist. It’s thank to my Māori researcher networks and connection to whānau which have stored me going. I’m excited to see youthful and really intelligent Māori researchers coming via and imagine that they’ll contribute considerably to a greater future for Māori.”
Dr Jane Kitson says it’s essential to develop and assist Mātauranga Māori analysis.
“As a nation and a part of the worldwide group, it’s essential to develop and assist mātauranga Maori and kaupapa Māori analysis as a result of it supplies such distinctive alternatives and options, in addition to frameworks to attach whenua, taiao and tāngata (individuals).
She says Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga helps many various analysis disciplines and may carry disciplines collectively to offer highly effective options to cultural, social, financial and environmental points for Māori and Aotearoa.
Dr Jane Kitson is featured within the not too long ago printed ebook Ngā Kete Mātauranga – Māori students on the Analysis Interface and talks extra in-depth about her upbringing, her disconnection from her taha Māori (Māori heritage), training and the worth of working with whānau Māori and serving her individuals of Ngāi Tahu ki Murihiku.