Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is hosting a group of international students from Frontiers Abroad, a United States undergraduate programme focusing on geological, environmental and biological science.
The field and research focused programme designs and facilitates field curriculum study opportunities abroad for its participants in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and remote parts of the world. In New Zealand, the New Zealand Earth Systems Programme analyses environmental issues and opportunities arising from the interface between nature and society.
A key component of the programme is teaching Kaitiakitanga, and how Māori ensured the viability of land and resources for following generations. The Frontiers Abroad group will investigate some of the indigenous methods used and the challenges contemporary societies face when assessing how to implement the principle of kaitiakitanga in the 21st century.
The students are being hosted at the Whakatāne campus from January 15-22. Led by Dr Dan Hikuroa, who taught the Awanuiārangi Bachelor of Environmental Studies programme in the past and now works at the University of Auckland, the group will undertake daily field visits around the Eastern Bay of Plenty, with evening lectures back on campus.