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.


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Robert Richmond


Dr. Bob Richmond is a Research Professor and Director of the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory.

He received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook, and subsequently spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, 18 years on the faculty of the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, and has been a Research Professor at the Pacific Biosciences Research Center,

University of Hawaii at Manoa, since 2004. He has spent his career studying coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean and the Pacific, including the Virgin Islands, the Grenadines, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Japan and Micronesia.

He has served as President of the International Society for Reef Studies, the convener for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, the Science Advisor

to the All-Islands Committee of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. He is both an Aldo Leopold Fellow in Environmental Leadership and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. He presently serves as a member of the U.S. National Academies of Science expert committee on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs.

His research interests include coral reef ecology, marine conservation biology, ecotoxicology, bridging science to management and policy, and the integration of traditional ecological knowledge with modern approaches to resource use and protection. His childhood fascination with “Dr. Doolittle” helped inspire his approach to studying coral reefs by “listening” to corals and other reef creatures through the use of ecological indicators and molecular biomarkers.

Sheridan Waitai, Ngāti Kuri

Sheridan Waitai is of Ngāti 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 Ngāti 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.

Tumanako Ngawhika Fa'aui


Tumanako Fa`aui is a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He is interested in the integration of indigenous knowledge systems and mātauranga Māori within western based methodologies. He is also interested in the engineering decision making process best applied within indigenous contexts. More specifically, his doctoral work examined the impacts of the Rena oil spill of 2011 in The Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Tumanako has a vested interest in this research, having ancestral links to the impacted indigenous groups/tribes within the affected region (Ngāti Whakahemo). 

Other Iwi affiliations: Ngāti Uenukukopako, Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, Te Arawa.

Artist Activation

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.

Artist collaborator Miranda Smitheram

Dr Miranda Smitheram is a designer, artist and researcher, with a practice centred around research creation of shapeshifting surfaces and mediated matter through technologies and ecologies. These mediated materials take shape as textile forms, structures and digital artworks that question the interaction and agency of human and nonhuman, place, space and time. The audio-visual artwork created for LATE draws from Miranda’s current research with Professor Frances Joseph, based at Karekare beach. This research prioritises making-with environment and matter as collaborators, through mātauranga Māori approaches.

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.

Image (right): Cape Reinga photographed by Richard Robinson courtesy of New Zealand Herald Archive


Media partner Radio New Zealand National.

Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy ​