Garth Harmsworth is a senior environmental scientist based in Palmerston North and has worked for Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research since 1992. His professional career spans over 37 years in resource management, land resource assessment, national environmental databases, GIS applications, and indigenous research. Garth pioneered much of the Māori led research in Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research Ltd., working on a wide range projects with Māori organisations, Government agencies, regional councils, industry, and communities throughout New Zealand, particularly in the areas of land use planning, ecosystem health, bio-physical and cultural indicators, restoring indigenous landscapes, climate change, sustainable iwi/hapū resource development, building Māori research capability, collaborative learning, and indigenous Māori knowledge and values.
Major achievements and publications reflect an in-depth relationship and extensive networking during his career, work in over 50 science and Māori research projects, presented at over 100 conferences and workshops, produced over 100 refereed publications, and led a large number of consultancies/supply of information to staff in a range of organisations throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand.
MSc (Hons) Earth Sciences
BSc Earth Science & Botany
Harmsworth G 2019. [Panel Discussion] Healthy land, water and people: indigeneity, relationshios and planetary health. Proceedings: IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion, Rotorua, New Zealand, 7-11 April 2019.
Procter J, Kenney C, Black T, Harmsworth G, Saunders W, King D, Awatere S, Potangaroa R 2018. [Abstract] Methods to build resilience in indigenous communities: A case study from Maori, New Zealand. Proceedings: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April 2018. https://www.egu2018.eu/
Roudier P, Lilburne L, Ausseil A-G, Grealish G, Stevenson B, Carrick S, Manderson A, Greenhalgh S, Harmsworth G, Kalaugher E 2018. Towards a preliminary assessment of the soil security dimensions in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Proceedings: Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference - 3rd Global Security Conference, Sydney, Australia, 4-6 December 2018. https://www.sydney.edu.au/content/dam/corporate/documents/sydney-institute-of-agriculture/outreach-engagement/soil-security-and-planetary-health-conference/Soil%20Security%20and%20Planetary%20Health%20Conference%20Program.pdf
Harmsworth G 2018. Soil security: an indigenous Māori perspective from Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings: Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference - 3rd Global Security Conference, Sydney, Australia, 4-6 December 2018. https://www.sydney.edu.au/content/dam/corporate/documents/sydney-institute-of-agriculture/outreach-engagement/soil-security-and-planetary-health-conference/Soil%20Security%20and%20Planetary%20Health%20Conference%20Program.pdf
Harmsworth G 2018. A Te Ao Māori perspective of ecosystems to explore complex multi-faceted issues and challenges in One Health. Proceedings: 4th One Health Aotearoa Symposium 2018, Wellington, New Zealand, 12-13 December 2018. https://onehealth.org.nz/2018-oha-symposium/
Harmsworth G 2017. Indicators for cultural resources. In: Taura Y, van Schravendijk-Goodman C, Clarkson B ed. Te reo o te repo, the voice of the wetland: connections, understandings and learnings for the restoration of our wetlands. Hamilton, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Waikato Raupatu River Trust. Pp. 51–55. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/te-reo-o-te-repo
Awatere S, Harmsworth G, Robb M 2017. Mātauranga Māori/Māori knowledge. In: Taura Y, van Schravendijk-Goodman C, Clarkson B ed. Te reo o te repo, the voice of the wetland: connections, understandings and learnings for the restoration of our wetlands. Hamilton, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Waikato Raupatu River Trust. Pp. 151–154. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/te-reo-o-te-repo
Gabrielsen H, Procter J, Rainforth H, Black T, Harmsworth G, Pardo N 2017. Reflections from an indigenous community on volcanic event management, communications and resilience. [early view online]. Advances in Volcanology. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer. Pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/11157_2016_44
Sinner J, Kilvington M, Greenhalgh S, Vattala D, Bowen T, Matthews A, Watts J, Ide G, Sevicke-Jones G, Dawe A, Tait B, Bannister R, Baker M-A, Allen D, Lourey R, Harmsworth G, Fenemor A, Awatere S, Davies-Colley R, Tadaki M, Brown P, Berkett N 2017. Riding the wave of change: reflections on the evolution of freshwater management in New Zealand. Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua Policy Brief no. 20, Landcare Research. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/143822/policy-brief-20-riding-the-wave.pdf
Ausseil AGE, Bodmin K, Daigneault A, Teixeira E, Keller ED, Baisden T, Kirschbaum MUF, Timar L, Dunningham A, Zammit C, Stephens S, Bell R, Cameron M, Blackett P, Harmsworth G, Frame B, Reisinger A, Tait A, Rutledge D 2017. Synthesis report RA2, lowland case study. Climate Changes, Impacts and Implications for New Zealand to 2100. 57 p. http://ccii.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/RA2-Lowland-Case-Study-Synthesis-report.pdf
Collier KJ, Clearwater SJ, Harmsworth G, Taura Y, Reihana K 2017. Physical and chemical attributes affecting survival and collection of freshwater mahinga kai species. ERI Report no. 106. Environmental Research Institute, Faculty of Science and Engineering, The University of Waikato. 65 p. https://www.waikato.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/391615/ERI_Report_106.pdf
Stevenson B, Harmsworth G, Kalaugher E 2017. [Poster] How indigenous values shaped a successful multi-year soil health programme in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Proceedings: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 11-15 December 2017. https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm17/preliminaryview.cgi/Session26060
Harmsworth G 2017. Casting a kaupapa Māori lens over One Health to explore synergies for collaboration. Proceedings: One Health Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand, 13-14 December 2017. https://onehealth.org.nz/research/2017-one-health-aotearoa-symposium/
Reihana K, Taura Y, Awatere S, Wilcox M, Harmsworth G 2017. Wai Ora - a kaupapa Māori assessment tool. Proceedings: New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Conference: 'Integrating multiple aquatic values', Hamilton, New Zealand, 19-24 November 2017. http://imav2017.com/
Hudson M, Collier K, Awatere S, Harmsworth G, Henry J, Quinn J, Death RG, Hamilton DP, Te Maru J, Watene-Rawiri E, Robb M 2016. Integrating indigenous knowledge and freshwater management: an Aotearoa/New Zealand case study. The International Journal of Science in Society 8(1): 1–14. http://ijiy.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.340/prod.4
Ausseil AGE, Bodmin K, Daigneault A, Teixeira E, Keller ED, Kirschbaum MUF, Timar L, Dunningham A, Zammit C, Stephens S, Cameron M, Blackett P, Harmsworth G, Frame B, Reisinger A, Tait A, Rutledge D 2016. Climate change impacts and implications: an integrated assessment in a lowland environment of New Zealand. In: Sauvage S, Sánchez-Pérez JM, Rizzoli AE ed. Proceedings: 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), Toulouse, France, July 10–14, 2016. Pp. 1132–1139. http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/iemssconference/2016/Stream-D/76/
Tipa G, Harmsworth GR, Williams E, Kitson JC 2016. Integrating mātauranga Māori into freshwater management, planning and decision-making. In: Jellyman PG, Davie TJA, Pearson CP, Harding JS ed. Advances in New Zealand freshwater science. New Zealand Hydrological Society & New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society. Pp. 613–637.
Harmsworth G, Awatere S, Robb M 2016. Indigenous Māori values and perspectives to inform freshwater management in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Ecology and Society 21(4): 9. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08804-210409
Sinner J, Harmsworth G 2015. Māori and collaborative freshwater planning: emerging insights. Cawthron Report ; no. 2647. Cawthron Institute. 16 p. http://www.cawthron.org.nz/publication/science-reports/maori-and-collaborative-freshwater-planning-emerging-insights/
Sinner J, Harmsworth G 2015. Māori involvement in collaborative freshwater planning - insights from Hawke's Bay. Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua Policy Brief no. 10, Landcare Research. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/84692/Policy-Brief-10-Collaborative-Freshwater-Planning-Insights-from-Hawkes-Bay.pdf
Gregory B, Wakefield B, Harmsworth G, Hape M, Heperi J 2015. Te Hā o Te Wai Māreparepa “The Breath of the Rippling Waters”: Mauri Monitoring Framework pilot study on the Papanui Stream. 69 p. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/87394/Mauri_Monitoring_Framework.pdf
Robb M, Makey L, Awatere S, Harmsworth G 2015. [Abstract] Bicultural methods for biodiversity measurement and monitoring. Proceedings: New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2015, Christchurch, N.Z., 16-19 November 2015. Pp. 4. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/93594978/NZES%20abstracts%20booklet%20WEB.pdf
Harmsworth G, Awatere S, Robb M 2015. Māori values and perspectives to inform collaborative processes and planning for freshwater management. Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua Policy Brief no. 14, Landcare Research. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/111042/PB_14_Maori_Values_Perspectives.pdf
Harmsworth G, Roskruge N 2014. Indigenous Māori values, perspectives and knowledge of soils in Aotearoa-New Zealand: beliefs and concepts of soils, the environment, and land. In: Churchman GJ, Landa ER ed. The soil underfoot: infinite possibilities for a finite resource. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press. Pp. 111–126.
Harmsworth G, Roskruge N 2014. Indigenous Māori values, perspectives and knowledge of soils in Aotearoa-New Zealand: Māori use and knowledge of soils over time. In: Churchman GJ, Landa ER ed. The soil underfoot: infinite possibilities for a finite resource. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press. Pp. 257–268.
Harmsworth G 2014. Māori and public health: working in partnership to manage freshwater resources. Proceedings: New Zealand Population Health Congress, Auckland, New Zealand, 6-8 October 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/2.1.1564.4160
Harmsworth G, Awatere S, Procter J 2014. Meeting water quality and quantity standards to sustain cultural values. Proceedings: 21st Century Watershed Technology Conference and Workshop: Improving Water Quality and the Environment, Hamilton, New Zealand, 3-6 November 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/wtcw.2014-016
Harmsworth G, Awatere S 2013. [Abstract] Māori knowledge systems, networks and actions for climate change. Proceedings: New Zealand Climate Change Conference 2013, Palmerston North, 4-5 June 2013. http://www.nzcccconference.org/images/custom/harmsworth,_garth_-_maore_knowledge.pdf
Harmsworth G, Awatere S 2013. Māori knowledge systems, networks and actions for climate change. http://www.nzcccconference.org/images/custom/harmsworth,_garth_-maori_-_ok.pdf.
Cronin K, Greenaway A, Harmsworth G, Frame B 2013. [Abstract] ‘Igniting Social Knowledge on Climate Change’: urgent deadline, slow fuse. Proceedings: New Zealand Climate Change Conference 2013, Palmerston North, 4-5 June 2013. http://www.nzcccconference.org/images/custom/cronin,_karen_-_igniting_social_knowledge.pdf
Awatere S, Harmsworth G, Rolleston S, Pauling C 2013. Kaitiakitanga o ngā ngahere pōhatu - kaitiakitanga of urban settlements. 10 10 In: Walker R, Jojola T, Natcher D ed. Reclaiming indigenous planning. McGill-Queen's native and northern series ; 70. Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press. Pp. 236–259.
Harmsworth G, Awatere S 2013. Māori values approaches for setting freshwater limits. Landcare Research Link. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/64194/Maori-Values-Approaches-for-Setting-Freshwater-Limits.pdf.
Harmsworth G, Awatere S, Pauling C 2013. Using mātauranga Māori to inform freshwater management. Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua Policy Brief no. 7, Landcare Research. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/64032/policy-brief-maori-freshwater-management.pdf
Harmsworth GR, Awatere S 2013. Indigenous Māori knowledge and perspectives of ecosystems. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: conditions and trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 274–286.
Harmsworth G, Awatere S 2013. Review and evaluation of cultural monitoring approaches in New Zealand. Landcare Research Fact Sheet, Landcare Research. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/77680/Review_Cultural_Monitoring.pdf
Harmsworth G, Awatere S 2012. Māori values - Iwi perspectives of freshwater management. Landcare Research Link. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/51729/maori_freshwater_management.pdf.
Harmsworth G 2012. [Abstract] Māori participation in science and science policy in New Zealand. Proceedings: Inaugural Asia Pacific Science Policy Studies (SPS) Research Conference "Constructing National Wellbeing through Science and Innovation", Wellington, NZ, 8-10 February 2012. http://www.sps2012.org.nz/documents/abstracts.pdf
Cronin K, Nicholas G, Doody B, Foote J, Greenaway A, Harmsworth G, Winstanley A 2012. Responding to climate change in the land-based sectors: a social science research strategy for New Zealand: full report. MPI Technical Paper No: 2012/35. Ministry for Primary Industries. 135 p. http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/content-aggregator/getIEs?system=ilsdb&id=1624414
Harmsworth GR 2011. Tikanga Māori - getting collaboration right from day one. Proceedings: Strengthening Relationships with Iwi through Engagement, Partnerships and Collaborative Research, Wellington, 13-14 June 2011.
Harmsworth G, Young RG, Walker D, Clapcott JE, James T 2011. Linkages between cultural and scientific indicators of river and stream health. New Zealand journal of marine and freshwater research 45(3): 423–436. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288330.2011.570767
Harmsworth G 2011. Resetting science and innovation for the next 20 years: Māori perspectives on the science and innovation system. New Zealand science review 68(1): 45-50. http://scientists.org.nz/files/journal/2011-68/NZSR_68_1.pdf
Allen W, Fenemor A, Kilvington M, Harmsworth G, Young RG, Deans N, Horn C, Phillips C, Montes de Oca O, Ataria J, Smith R 2011. Building collaboration and learning in integrated catchment management: the importance of social process and multiple engagement approaches. New Zealand journal of marine and freshwater research 45(3): 525-539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288330.2011.592197
Fenemor A, Phillips C, Allen W, Young RG, Harmsworth G, Bowden B, Basher L, Gillespie PA, Kilvington M, Davies-Colley R, Dymond J, Cole A, Lauder G, Davie T, Smith R, Markham S, Deans N, Stuart B, Atkinson M, Collins A 2011. Integrated catchment management - interweaving social process and science knowledge. New Zealand journal of marine and freshwater research 45(3): 313-331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288330.2011.593529
Harmsworth G 2011. [Abstract] Māori perspectives for water decision-making and the role of cultural monitoring. Proceedings: 15th IWA International Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication, Rotorua, N.Z., 19-23 September 2011. http://on-cue.co.nz/dipcon/DIPCON2011%20Oral%20Abstracts/Tuesday/Session%208%20Indigeneous/Harmsworth.pdf
Greenaway A, Carswell F, Harmsworth G, Russell S 2011. Making sense, taking action in Aotearoa/New Zealand: exploring the situated-ness of mitigation and adaptation strategies. Proceedings: International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 14-15 December 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/10535/7744
Harmsworth G, McDowall C 2010. [Abstract] Accessing environmental databases trhough Māori land visualisation methods - tools for the future. In: Kingi T, Knox C ed. Proceedings: Whenua Sustainable Futures with Māori Land Conference, Rotorua, 21-23 July 2010.
Harmsworth G, MacKay A 2010. Land resource assessment and evaluation on Māori land. In: Kingi T, Knox C ed. Proceedings: Whenua Sustainable Futures with Māori Land Conference, Rotorua, 21-23 July 2010. http://www.whenuaconference.co.nz/images/custom/whenua_-_final_programme_final_16-07-10.pdf
Harmsworth G 2010. Working with Māori communities and developing collaborative research: a perspective from within a Crown Research Institute (CRI). Proceedings: Maori Association of Social Science (MASS) Conference 2010, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, 1-3 December 2010.
Frame B, Gordon R, Mortimer C ed. 2010. Hatched : the capacity for sustainable development. Lincoln, Landcare Research. 302 p. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/services/sustainablesoc/hatched/
Harmsworth G, Walker D 2010. Iwi values in integrated catchment management. Discovery 32: 7. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/discovery/DiscoveryIssue32.pdf
- Member, Māori Managers and Senior Māori Scientists in CRIs, Te Ara Putaiao (TAP)
- StatsNZ, Member, Māori Advisory Committee, Statistics New Zealand
- International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
- Reappointed to the Statistics New Zealand Maori Advisory Committee (MSAC), Statistics New Zealand
- Environment Maori Expert Group - Stats NZ Invited onto the ‘Maori subject matter expert group for the Domain plan for the Environment’ , Statistics New Zealand
- Member, NZ Geospatial Research and Development Advisory Group (LINZ) , New Zealand Geospatial Research and Development Advisory Group (LINZ)
- Member, Environment, Community and Health Observatory (ECHO) Network (Canada/Alaska/USA/Hawaii-NZ), Member, Environment, Community and Health Observatory (ECHO) Network (Canada/Alaska/USA/Hawaii-NZ)
- Member “Geospatial tools for ECHO” (GECHO) Network (Canada/Alaska/USA/Hawaii-NZ), University Northern British Columbia, Canada
- IGBP NZ Committee Member, Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
- Member of the MfE Freshwater Technical Advisory Group, Ministry for the Environment's National Environmental Monitoring and Reporting (NEMaR)
- Member, Wetlands Technical Advisory Group, National Environmental Monitoring and Reporting programme (NEMaR), Ministry for the Environment
- Member Manawatu River leaders advisory science/matauranga Maori panel, Manawatu River leaders advisory science/matauranga Maori panel
- Member, Kāhui Māori, Deep South National Science Challenge, Deep South Science Challenge
- Expert Reviewer, National Land Domain Report, Ministry for the Environment / Statistics NZ, MfE
- Expert Advisor, Te Ao Tūroa, New Zealand Primary Sector Science Roadmap, Ministry for Primary Industries
- Expert Advisor, Māori Land Service Working Group, Te Puni Kōkiri, TPK