Maui Hudson


Maui is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato.  His research is interdisciplinary in nature focusing on the application of mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge) to decision-making across a range of contexts from new technologies to health, the environment to innovation. Maui was part of the team that developed Guidelines for Genomic Research with Maori, and is now working on Guidelines for Genomic Research with Taonga Species. Access to data and governance of data are key issues emerging from his research and led to his involvement in establishing the Te Mana Raraunga Maori Data Sovereignty Network. 


Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl

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Dr Ruckstuhl is the Associate Dean Māori at the Otago Business School. She is a cross-disciplinary policy researcher in the areas of Māori language, small business, sci-tech innovation, and ‘social licence’ in the mining industry. She contributed a chapter to The Routledge Handbook of Bioarchaeology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, examining Māori knowledge frameworks in the context of two case studies that involved the return of kōiwi tāngata (ancestral remains). She is currently leading a research team in a national science challenge – Science for Technological Innovation - looking at how sci-tech can better connect with Māori. Katharina has a number of governance, research and other roles for Ngāi Tahu, at both a pan-tribal and for her local hapū of Kāti Huirapa ki Puketeraki.


Dr Phil Wilcox


Dr Wilcox is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and has experience  in applied genomics and statistical genetics. He is the current convenor of MapNet, a NZ-wide collective of gene mapping scientists and the Project Leader of the Virtual Institute for Statistical Genetics. Dr Wilcox also established Te Aroturuki, a group of Maori scientists and advisors who developed a process to assist Western research scientists engage with Maori communities.  He is formally a Kaihautu Maori in both the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge and the BioProtection Research CoRE, and is a mandated spokesman for Ngati Rakaipaaka regarding the Rakaipaaka Health and Ancestry Study. He has worked on genetics of plant species (particularly forest trees) and humans diseases.