July 20, 2022
Cockle study a winner for Reihana
University of Waikato PhD student and ocean scientist Kiri Reihana from Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Tuhoe, and Whakatōhea has won this year’s L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science mentoring fellowship.
She’s the first Māori to win the fellowship, which includes a regular one-on-one with her mentor as well as private workshops with other mentees around the world.
The Te Puke-based mother of four is studying tuangi or cockles in Ohiwa Harbour.
The project, which is part of the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, includes local councils, the Department of Conservation, and kaumatua from Whakatōhea, Upokorehe, Ngati Awa and Tuhoe.
Her findings will inform part of a shellfish management action plan and the creation of a technological tool to help iwi monitor activities in the harbour.