Hochstetter Lecture

2021 Hochstetter Lecturers

Darren Ngaru King and Daniel Hikuroa

Darren KingDan Hikuroa


The 2021 Hochstetter lecture will be broadcast via zoom at 3pm on Thursday, 2 December.

Darren and Dan will deliver a presentation entitled:
Encouraging plural methods and values as the foundation for cross-cultural research collaborations.

Encouraging cross-cultural research collaborations in the natural hazards and earth system sciences is the central theme of this Hochstetter lecture. We will offer perspectives as insider-outsider researchers on completed as well as ongoing research projects with iwi and hapū authorities. We will also reflect on research framing, inductive methodologies and collaborative methods of inquiry when working at the interface between mātauranga Māori and science. The way projects were initiated, planned, approved, managed, and delivered will be shared, including discussion of research ethics, cross-disciplinary research personnel, and commitments to relationships before partnerships. We hope the presentation will clarify the multiple benefits to be gained by learning from differences in knowledge, practice, and belief, and how engaging in this work can help to promote “plural spaces” of learning about natural hazards and environmental processes in Aotearoa-New Zealand. 

Don't miss our very special offer on Hochstetter’s First Nelson Diary and Hochstetter's Nelson Diary for the duration of the 2021 lecture tour.

Normally, these books sell for $20 each but for the duration of the Hochstetter Lecture Tour this year they are discounted to $14 each for non-members and are half price at only $10 each for GSNZ members


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Darren and Dan are being jointly recognised in this award for their outstanding commitment to, and pioneering research on the weaving of mātauranga Māori and earth science.

By challenging notions that mātauranga Māori is incompatible with science, their research has deepened understanding of geological history, geomorphology, climate change, geohazards and human-environment interactions across Aotearoa-New Zealand.