Wetlands and Tuna – A Story that needs telling…,

Cheri Van Schravendijk-Goodman (Te Atihaunui a Papārangi, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi), Landscape Designer /Ecologist

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Cheri worked for Waikato-Tainui providing environmental and freshwater (mostly wetland and plant ecology) advice for nearly seven years before starting Swampfrog Environmental and Trees Consultants with her husband, Dan.

Cheri’s study for a Bachelor of Environmental Management reconnected her with the issues being faced by tangata whenua and their natural resources, and the impacts of colonisation on their roles as environmental managers and decision-makers.  Cheri’s recent work includes freshwater allocation; wetland ecological science and its interface with our mātauranga; and our relationship with our native owl - the ruru - and the impacts of freshwater-related restoration decisions on its cultural and environmental resilience.

Cheri is the co-editor with Yvonne Taura and Beverley Clarkson of Te Reo o Te Repo / The Voice of the Wetland. Connections, understandings and learnings for the restoration of our wetlands - a handbook which focuses on creating a forum to tell our stories about wetlands and our valued species within them.  Cheri will share the journey of how this book came to be, but most importantly, will ask the question: ‘Why don’t we have a story in there about our tuna yet?!’