Join us this LATE for our curated evening and panel discussion on Pacific Oceanscapes - lost, found and sustained.

How are humans affecting marine environments? What does an international coordinated effort to protect the ocean look like?

Significant and worsening threats to marine environments mean that urgent, internationally co-ordinated action to protect the global ocean is essential.

In our final LATE: Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans, in partnership with Ngāti Kuri, we investigate the threats to our marine environment and explore inspirational problem-solving ideas of the future, as well as new ways of engaging communities with our moana (ocean).

Food and drink available.

Moderator: Mihingarangi Forbes

Mihingarangi Forbes walks in two worlds. She’s a fair skinned Māori from Hauraki and Waikato iwi on one side and her mother’s family enjoys a long suffragette history.

In her 20 years of journalism she has worked across programmes such as The Hui, Campbell Live, Native Affairs, 60 Minutes and 20/20. An award winning investigative journalist and as a current affairs presenter, she is an accomplished facilitator of debates and events.


James Alix Michel, Former President of the Republic of Seychelles

James Michel has propelled Seychelles on the international scene as an ardent advocate of the cause of small island developing states, the preservation of the environment and, more recently, the “Blue Economy”.

Under Michel’s presidency, Seychelles started its journey to become the first country in the world to have a comprehensive marine spatial plan for its entire ocean territory, which continues to be developed through an ongoing full survey of the Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone.

In February 2017 he set up the James Michel Foundation in order to further promote the Blue Economy concept. He has been responsible for the promulgation of legislation transforming half of Seychelles’ territory into nature reserves – the highest proportion in the world.

President James Michel has co-chaired the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) which brings together world leaders to promote action on conservation and sustainability of islands. Under his leadership, GLISPA has mobilised political support for the Blue Economy and marine protected areas within island regions of the world. Sustainable development that reduces the vulnerability of Small Island States to climate change, food and energy crises remains at the forefront of Michel’s agenda. He is also one of the patrons of the World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF). In 2017, he was invited to serve as member of the Advisory Board of the Group on Earth Observations Oceans and Society: Blue Planet Initiative (GEO Blue Planet).

Sheridan Waitai, Ngati Kuri

Sheridan Waitai is of Ngati Kuri decent. She grew up in Te Hiku o te Ika and has led and contributed to Environmental, Social, Education and Health initiatives. She has a good understanding of legislation and the policy environment in relation to indigenous issues. She is the lead for her iwi for the WAI262 Fauna and Flora Claim, Rangitahua (Kermadec Island) proposed Sanctuary and coordinates a range of relationships and partners globally to achieve shared prosperity, community resilience and mana motuhake for Ngati Kuri.

Sheridan has become a resource person to a number of people and initiatives across the country and has inherited her late grandmother Saana Waitai-Murray’s passion for the welfare of Ngāti Kuri, Whenua and Whakapapa. She has participated in a number of boards and has experience in the management of forums, governance and strategy groups.

Richelle Kahui-McConnell, Director, Mealofa Ltd

Richelle Kahui-McConnell is a Kaiwhakaora Whenua (Earth Healer and Environmental and Social Capital Broker) with a vocation pathway of protecting and restoring the mauri (life force) of the Papatuanuku (earth mother) and Hinemoana (Goddess of the Sea) by empowering whanau, hapu and wider community social capital. She has conviction of using her skills to connect whanau and community with the environment which is implemented through a diverse range of work within policy, strategy, engagement and innovative ground breaking ecological restoration outcomes. She believes the greatest outcome is to empower individuals to connect with kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and Te Taio (the environment) by supporting the development of all forms of transference of mātauranga (traditional ecological knowledge) and local ecological knowledge.


Atamira Dance Company is an Auckland-based institution, housed at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson, Waitakere City.

The underlying themes of Atamira relate to the way Māori and Indigenous identity, ecology, intention and space/time continuums intersect with urban and contemporary dance theatre practices.

In its 19th year of operation, the company has a diverse array of practitioners who have evolved and contributed to the kaupapa, through dance theatre productions, choreographic development, intercultural exchange, teaching workshops and tours.

The performance at LATE: Taiātea - Gathering of Oceans will be a collaborative activation of the space and kaupapa, embodying potentiality and inviting shared breath and connection. Atamira are related to the pathways of water, wairua and ancestral navigations.

Taiātea - Gathering of Oceans is thanks to a funding grant from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, and is in partnership with Ngati Kuri (manawhenua of Rangitahua Kermadec Islands and the northern NZ marine area), and with the active engagement of The Pew Charitable Trusts, WWF-NZ and Conservation International.


Media partner Radio New Zealand National.