Dan Hikuroa


Steering Group Director

University of Auckland

Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui

Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui) is a Senior Lecturer in Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland. He employs Earth Systems-Environmental Humanities approaches in his research and is an established world expert on weaving indigenous knowledge and science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with. He is UNESCO NZ Commissioner for Culture, Tumuaki of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao (Acting Chair of the Statutory Māori Advisory to the Environmental Protection Authority) has key roles within New Zealand’s National Centres of Research Excellence and National Science Challenges and advises national and regional government, communities and philanthropic trusts. Dan has been spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability, including weaving indigenous knowledge and epistemologies into legislation, assessment frameworks and decision-support tools. Dr Hikuroa led a deep field geology mapping expedition for the British Antarctic Survey in 1999/2000 for his PhD and then completed a Post-Doc Fellowship investigating how the world’s oceans and biota have responded to naturally driven climate change in the ancient past.