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NZES 2018 Conference • 25–29 November 2018 • Wellington, New Zealand

Richelle Kahui-McConnell

Richelle Kahui-McConnell

Richelle Kahui-McConnell
Director of Mealofa Ltd

Biography

Richelle is the Director of Mealofa Ltd and she traverses the world of Te Ao Maori, restoration ecology, science, resource management and environmental planning. For the past 11 years Richelle has worked alongside multiple Iwi, Maori entities and Maori organisations to develop innovative environmental advocacy and kaitiakitanga empowering restoration programmes, projects and plans. The one true obligation Richelle has, in accordance with her whakapapa to Papatuanuku, is that of kaitiakitanga for our precious earth mother. 

The kaupapa of caring for and restoring the mauri of Papatuanuku drives her to support and empower all restoration efforts be they terrestrial or marine, advocacy, education or more importantly action driven, she is determined to build the capacity of whanau and the wider community to know their place in the environment and the requirement to protect it. In a time of higher consciousness of our impact on the mauri of Papatuanuku this is an exciting time for matauranga Maori to be woven within conventional systems; working within the principles of Kotahitanga and Manaakitanga.

Alison Ballance

Alison Ballance is a zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer and radio producer. She joined Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment programme Our Changing World in 2008, after 18 years producing and directing...

Graeme Elliott

Graeme Elliott Principal Advisory Scientist, Department of Conservation Graeme started his academic career studying wetland birds (fernbirds and banded rails). Since the early 1980s he has been working on forest...

Dr Andrea Byrom

Dr Andrea Byrom Challenge Director, Manaaki Whenua Biography Andrea’s research interests lie in the ecology of multiple invasive mammal species in New Zealand, and how they interact with other drivers...

Richelle Kahui-McConnell

Richelle Kahui-McConnell Director of Mealofa Ltd Biography Richelle is the Director of Mealofa Ltd and she traverses the world of Te Ao Maori, restoration ecology, science, resource management and environmental planning....
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