//071 Dr Ani Alana Kainamu, environmental researcher

June 1, 2021

Dr Ani Alana Kainamu (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Kōtirana – Glaswegian) is an environmental researcher within Te Kūwaha, the National Centre of Māori environmental research at the National institute of Water and Atmospheric research. She is also a māmā of two kōtiro.

This amazing wahine completed a double degree in Zoology and Māori studies before achieving a Masters in Marine Science, and then a PhD in Environmental science looking at local and Indigenous values of shellfisheries.

Her mahi has taken her across Aotearoa and over to Hawai’i learning and sharing Indigenous aquaculture practices. 

In this episode we talk about her journey, from her career, to māmāhood and everything in between. She shares her passion for hauora through kai, we explore the way she acknowledges her Pākehā whakapapa and, Ani tells us a tale of that time she saw a starfish chase a paua. 

Be mindful of where you are harvesting from. Mindful of the locals and the kai you are taking. Maybe one day even engaging with the whānau there. 

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