Dr Ani Alana Kainamu is an environmental researcher within Te Kūwaha, the National Centre of Māori environmental research at the National institute of Water and Atmospheric research.
Tina Ngata has spent her life showing up for justice. Working in advocacy for Indigenous peoples and Papatūānuku, her passion led her to become an active researcher, mahi that works in research while also committing to being an active part of the solution.
The pair have spent their entire lives working to protect and preserve the ocean. Whether it be through waka ama, navigation, teaching, governance or policy change, they are working to have an everlasting positive effect on their tūpuna moana, the Waitematā.