The Project Matauranga series on Maori television focussed on kauri dieback earlier this week.
From protecting our national icon, the kiwi, to working on ground-breaking new treatments in the fight against cancer, Maori scientific innovation is at the forefront of the second series of Project Matauranga, on Maori Television.
Presented by Victoria University lecturer Dr Ocean Mercier, the 13-part series is funded by Te Māngai Paho and sponsored by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Project Matauranga highlights the growth of Maori worldviews within New Zealand's scientific community and celebrates the people and ideas that are giving our country an edge in the world of science.
Formatted around the structure of an experiment, viewers see problems resolved through the application of Western science and Maori knowledge systems.
As Dr Mercier explains "Our brand of science maybe a little different from Western science but nonetheless it allowed us to work in the world, to be in the world, to live in the world, to survive in the world for generations and thousands of years".
In Episode 10 of the second series, Project Matauranga looks at the steps being taken to address the spread of kauri dieback disease that could decimate the iconic forests of the North and push kauri, the giant of the ngahere, to the brink of extinction.