Ko Māhuhu Ki Te Rangi te waka, Ko Whiti te tupuna, Ko Kapowai tana maunga, Titiro iho ana ki tana pā tū moana, ko Motukura, Ko Waikare te awa, Ko Turuki te marae, Ko Te Kapotai te hapū. Helen Moewaka Barnes is a Professor and Director of the Whariki Research Group, one of two teams comprising the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, located with Massey University in Auckland.
Ngāti Hine hoki ko Ngāti Kahu ōku iwi. Koira te ōpurepure o tōku whakapapa.
Melinda Webber is an Associate Professor and Research Director of The Starpath Project in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a former Fulbright/Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Indigenous Scholar who has published widely on the nature of ethnic identity development and iwi distinctiveness, examining the ways race, ethnicity, culture and identity impact the lives of young people, particularly Maori students .
Ocean Ripeka Mercier (Ngāti Porou) is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kawa a Māui / the School of Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. While her PhD is in physics, her current focus is in exploring and charting the intersections between science and mātauranga Māori, primarily through education and technology. Her teaching and research interests include place-based learning with digital mapping, perceptions of novel biotechnological controls of wasps, Indigenous knowledge(s) and science in global contexts, kaupapa Māori film and the 48-Hour Film competition.