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Tame Malcolm: Mōu te rākau, māku te pūtake | How Te Ao Māori philosophies, protocols, and practices can reform pest management in Aotearoa.
In 2015, the Government announced its goal to eradicate possums, rats, and stoats from Aotearoa by 2050. Dubbed “Predator Free 2050” the initiative will require everything and everyone possible to make it a reality.
Tame’s research investigates how Te Ao Māori philosophies, protocols, and practices can reform pest management here in Aotearoa. Through understanding key concepts from Te Ao Māori that are relevant to pest management, can we as Maori develop an entirely new approach to controlling pests?
About Tame Malcolm
Ko Ngāti Tarāwhai, ko Ngāti Pikiao ōna Iwi. I tipu ake ia i roto te takere nui o te waka o Te Arawa, arā ko Rotorua. Tame was fortunate enough to grow up learning about the ngahere from his pākeke. As a result, he has spent his entire working career protecting it from pests. As well as hunting and trapping, Tame enjoys working with communities to support them in protecting what they value about the ngahere.