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People, Place and Politics

21st Jul 2020 5:45pm

A conversation about engaging with Black Lives Matter in a Waikato context.

Featuring University of Waikato academics and students, this panel discussion will explore questions raised from a local perspective of the Black Lives Matter movement. This kōrero will cover acknowledging and challenging privilege, the place of monuments, memorialisation and historical reminders, and the power of language in naming conventions as part of reclaiming ownership.

This panel will be facilitated by University of Waikato Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori,  Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai. Moderated audience questions will form part of the discussion.

We invite you to join us for complimentary drinks and nibbles which will be available from 5.15pm.

This event is free but please register your attendance here and bring your eticket with you on the evening.

Panellists:

Associate Professor Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato), Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

Associate Professor Roa has a strong interest in the juxtaposition between the Western classification system of flora and fauna and Māori naming conventions based on mana and mauri. He feels a responsibility to be a cultural mediator, and to help maintain the integrity of the mana held by both Māori and Pākeha worlds.

Kyla Campbell-Kamariera (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Taranaki Tūturu), President, Waikato Students’ Union

From rural roots in Northland, Kyla has been described as a trailblazing mana wahine. Currently studying towards a Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies with a particular focus on Māori student politics and the resurgence of mātauranga Māori in mainstream spaces, Kyla’s goals include becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato.

Sandra-Lee Ringham (Ngāti Kuri), Teaching Fellow, Doctoral candidate

Sandi’s doctoral thesis explores the geographies of Ngāti Kuri women as they build mana wahine identities and relationships with and in various forms of ‘Nature’ spaces. She teaches Māori and indigenous geographies as well as Māori resource management, giving geography and environmental planning students an understanding of the complexities of colonisation in resource management.

Professor Robyn Longhurst, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Professor Longhurst has a long-standing interest in gender, equity and social justice. Her research has been in the broad areas of social and cultural geography, with a particular interest in embodiment.  She has taught many classes over the years on expressions of power and meaning in landscapes, including public art, monuments and memorialisation.