Dr Erica Williams

Supporting Outcomes for Manawhenua and our Taonga Freshwater Fisheries, Dr Erica Williams (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Whānau ā Te Ehutu, Te Whānau ā Maru), Māori Environmental Research, NIWA

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Erica is currently the leader of NIWA’s “Māori & the Freshwater Environment” programme which aims to enhance economic, social, and environmental outcomes for Māori through the development of new knowledge and tools for the management and restoration of aquatic taonga species.  She has been involved in a wide variety of projects during her career to date, including contaminants in mahinga kai species, supporting the values and priorities of Māori communities for the restoration of their freshwaters, a wide variety of taonga species-related research projects, and capacity building and monitoring tools for Māori communities and rangatahi.

Using tuna as an example, Erica will provide insights into some of the collaborative partnerships NIWA has been privileged to be part of in supporting Māori communities to deliver taonga species research.