Co-Deputy Director Centre of Research Excellence
Tēnā koutou (greetings). James is a Māori descended from the Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Raukawa tribes of the East Coast and Central North Island of New Zealand. He is currently employed part-time at the Bioprotection Research Centre (Lincoln University) as a Senior Lecturer where he leads lead a research project entitled ‘Mātauranga Māori (Māori traditional and contemporary knowledge) characterisations of NZ’s biodiversity.’ James began his career as an ecotoxicologist completing his PhD and continuing research into biological effects-based testing as an approach to understand the effects of contaminants on organisms present in the receiving environment. This interest continues today particularly on the topic of emerging chemical contaminants and the management of biowastes. James enjoys conducting his research within multi-disciplinary/multi-organisational programmes that are firmly embedded in Māori issues and process but with strong linkages to end-user organisations. This approach interfaces between science and mātauranga Māori and explores mechanisms that promote mutual understanding in a research context and equality of uptake in environmental resource management policy and decision making. James also has interests in Māori development through business and education. He is a Trustee of a Māori Ahuwhenua Land Trust with commercial interests in energy generation, food production and communication, a Māori business development manager at the Cawthron Institute, and Co-Deputy Director at Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga (Centre of Research Excellence). James is also a founding member and Trustee on the Establishment Board of Trustees for Te Pā o Rākaihautū (Designated Special Character School in Christchurch) which employs a Māori education philosophy.