Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

BayTrust scholarship awarded to kaimoana researcher

BayTrust scholarship awarded to kaimoana researcher Vanessa Taikato

Waikato University PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Māori moved marine shellfish from location to location.

Worth $5000, the scholarship was established by BayTrust to recognise Bruce Cronin’s service to the people of the Bay of Plenty. Bruce was the first manager of BayTrust, serving for 18 years from 1996 to 2014.

Vanessa was born in the Maungatapu area and attended Tauranga Girls College. She has completed a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Research at Waikato University, and will use the scholarship to study for her PhD.

“I aim to use archaeological evidence to test hypotheses around the human-modified distribution of toheroa and to investigate the tools and methods used by Māori to translocate toheroa and other kaimoana,” she says. “I aim to determine whether the Mātauranga of kaimoana translocation can inform contemporary restoration and management of depleted shellfish resources.”

Since 2014, Vanessa has been working for the Manaaki Te Awanui Trust as a researcher, focusing mainly on report writing and statistical analyses of ecological data.

The first part of her PhD research will investigate archaeological data, looking at timelines of historical toheroa distribution. Vanessa will then look at the science behind the translocation of toheroa. “What were the traditional methods used to translocate shellfish and how did they work?” she asks. “Historical documents indicate that pre- and post-European Māori used kelp bags, also known as pōhā, to translocate toheroa, and other kaimoana species. Pōhā are manufactured from the bull kelp Durvillea poha (a New Zealand endemic seaweed).”

Vanessa will look into the feasibility of using these traditional methods of moving shellfish to see if this could help improve the lot of threatened species today.

The scholarship is administered by Universities New Zealand, which administers 40 other scholarships with a total value over $4 million.

Applicants for the Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship must have links to the BayTrust geographical area, either through birth, education or whakapapa.

BayTrust CEO Alastair Rhodes says this is a great example of a successful scholarship aimed at projects within the Bay of Plenty region. “Vanessa was chosen for her previous examples of work completed in marine biology and her leadership skills for our communities in the future. We hope the scholarship helps Vanessa achieve her goals going forward.”

/ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

You'd Hope: Employers Told To Pay Minimum Wage

Advertisers offering jobs to backpackers are being told they must pay the minimum wage or risk prosecution. Last week, RNZ revealed a job website - Backpackerboard - was advertising roles below the $16.50 per hour minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Still Gaining: More Migrants Head Back Overseas

Annual net migration is down 4,800 from a high point a year ago, largely because more non-New Zealand citizens are leaving the country, Stats NZ said today. More>>

Christchurch: Red Zone Used To Boost Endangered Bee Population

“May 20 has been declared World Bee Day by the United Nations, and I am pleased to announce today that we have been able to use the red zone to protect and grow our native bee stocks,” says Minister Megan Woods. More>>

Trips, Support, Conferences For Agents: Insurers Spend $34 Million On Soft Commissions

“We are concerned that insurers are designing and offering incentives that potentially set advisers up to fail in complying with their obligations.” More>>

ALSO:

Privacy Commissioner: Facial Recognition Tech Not Reliable

The Privacy Commissioner says businesses should take great care when using facial recognition technology because there is a high risk of misidentification. More>>

Compliance Costs: Cheesemakers "Have A Reason To Smile"

Delighted to be a guest at The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival today, Mr O’Connor launched the Food Safety Template for Cheesemakers – a tool to help cheesemakers producing cheese for New Zealand and Australia to meet food safety requirements. More>>