December 13, 2022
Cleantech conference looks at kaitiakitanga
An organiser of last week’s Blue Green Technology Conference in Auckland says cleantech can help prepare Pacific nations for global challenges.
Dion Peita, the Māori business development director for the University of Auckland’s UniServices research commercialisation arm, says government and academic thought leaders and change makers within the sector were able to talk about ways to accelerate the transition to a low carbon and climate resilient future.
“The signs at the moment are quite concerning in terms of the environmental impact on paptuanuku and what that will mean for us as kaitaiki and kairarahi nga rangatira mua apopo so it’s an opportunity to start those conversations, start having a look at the technology and the innovation that will help inform and respond to those growing concerns,” he says.
Mr Peita says the co-sponsorship of the conference by the US Department of State is a sign of the importance of the kaupapa as well as the interest there is worldwide on getting indigenous and Maori perspectives on the issues.