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Yvonne Taura

Kairangahau Māori
Landscape Policy and Governance
Yvonne Taura
Location
Hamilton
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Research interests

Yvonne Taura (Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a kairangahau Māori (researcher) in the Manaaki Taiao rōpū (Māori research team), based in Hamilton. She completed a two-year part-placement secondment in partnership with Waikato-Tainui (2016). Her main project was to support the development of mātauranga Māori understanding by Waikato-Tainui tribal members for application in the management of key ecosystems such as freshwater. In 2017, Yvonne co-edited and released the cultural wetland handbook, Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland, a collaborative project between Manaaki Whenua and Waikato-Tainui. The handbook includes processes for facilitating renewed and vibrant connections between whānau and their repo; understanding cultural resources; and learnings from on-the-ground case studies of wetland restoration and monitoring, utilising cultural indicators. Since 2018, Yvonne is currently undertaking her PhD with the University of Waikato with the support of Manaaki Whenua, which focuses on exploring appropriate communication of mātauranga Māori and Māori-centered collaborative science research for Māori. In 2020, Yvonne collaborated with the team at Science Learning Hub to create Tuihonoa Te Reo o Te Repoa suite of digital educational wetland resources in both te reo Māori and Pākehā. These resources draw extensively on Te Reo o Te Repo. 

Her research interests are kaupapa Māori research, freshwater science research, iwi environmental management and science communication.

Qualifications

Waikato
MSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
2013

Publications

Taura YM, Duggan IC Early access Sep 2020. The relative effects of willow invasion, willow control and hydrology on wetland zooplankton assemblages. Wetlands. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000566053400002

Taura Y 2020. Te Wharekura o Maniapoto: Kura ā-Iwi - educating the community. 7 7 In: Hutchings J, Smith J ed. Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: a Māori soil sovereignty and wellbeing handbook. Christchurch, New Zealand, Freerange Press. Pp. 106-121.

Lyver PO, Ruru J, Scott N, Tylianakis JM, Arnold J, Malinen SK, Bataille CY, Herse MR, Jones CJ, Gormley AM, Peltzer DA, Taura Y, Timoti P, Stone C, Wilcox M, Moller H 2019. Building biocultural approaches into Aotearoa - New Zealand's conservation future. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 49(3): 394-411. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000487530400008

Hutchings J, Smith J, Taura Y 2018. From value-addes to values-added: storying kaupap Māori land and water food relations. Proceedings: 2018 International Indigenous Research Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 13-16 November 2018.

Taura Y, Wilcox M, van Schravendijk-Goodman C 2018. Te reo te repo: giving a voice to wetlands collaborations with Maori. Proceedings: National Wetland Restoration Symposium "Living Wetlands in the Living Landscape", Napier, New Zealand, 26-28 September 2018.

Taura Y, van Schravendijk-Goodman C, Clarkson B 2017. Te reo o te repo - The voice of the wetland: a cultural wetland handbook. Proceedings: 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science: 'Integrating multiple aquatic values', Hamilton, New Zealand, 19-24 November 2017. http://imav2017.com/

Taura Y 2017. Raakau preservation technique - unlocking dormant 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. 155–164. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/te-reo-o-te-repo

Taura Y, Duggan I 2017. Impacts of willow and willow control on zooplankton. 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. 129–134. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/te-reo-o-te-repo

Taura Y, Dixon L, Turner M 2017. The Ake Ake Model - forever and ever. 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. 23–39. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/te-reo-o-te-repo

Taura Y, van Schravendijk-Goodman C, Clarkson B ed. 2017. 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. 201 p. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/books/te-reo-o-te-repo

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Memberships

  • Board Member - Sponsorship Delegate, House of Science Central Waikato
  • Representative , Freshwater Science Māori Research Group
  • Scientific Organising Commitee Member, 11th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference