OMV Breakfast Function

A Te Ao Maori perspective for marine mammal observers of seismic survey vessels: A guide to a better understanding of kaupapa, future aspirations and expectations with offshore project

Maryjane Waru
(Bachelor of Arts; Qualified MMO)

Iwi Affiliations: Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Kurī

KAUPAPA: A Te Ao Māori perspective on our roles as Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Observers (PAMs or PAMOs) in Aotearoa

Māori have a cultural and inherent responsibility as kaitiaki (custodians) of the moana to protect the Marine Fauna and Flora. Māori are now fulfilling roles in offshore seismic survey projects as MMOs and PAMs protecting whales, dolphins and other marine species. Being aware of the cultural responsibilities many Māori MMOs and PAMs have, will provide an insight into the Te Ao Māori perspective of kaitiakitanga (custodianship) and uiuinga (consultation).

Maryjane lives in Taranaki; is proud of her cultural ancestry; and is active in hapū and iwi relations and development. Maryjane gained her full Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) qualification in February 2016. She has worked as an MMO; (MFO) Marine Fauna Observer and (PSO) Protected Species Observer on numerous offshore Research and Oil & Gas seismic survey projects in Australia (North West Shelf, WA) and New Zealand (North, South & West Taranaki Basins; New Caledonia Basin; Chatham Rise and the Hikurangi Margin). Maryjane will be sharing her knowledge and experiences as a kaitiaki on the moana and as an MMO.