Role: Director Māori
The BioHeritage’s Director Māori works in partnership with Director Dr Andrea Byrom on strategic priorities and building strategic links with Māori and indigenous researchers, groups and entities.
Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa) also works closely with the rest of our Science Leadership Group to develop and embed the principles of Vision Mātauranga (VM) into the Challenge.
Along with our Kaihautū, she provides advice and support on VM principles and concepts, Māori world views, tikanga, mātauranga, language, research priorities, and methodologies.
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.
Melanie’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.
Through her work, she advocates for system changes that benefit indigenous people and communities.