Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture with Dr Huhana Smith

Hear how art, design, and Māori knowledge systems can work together to tackle environmental issues. This year’s Dr Michael Volkerling Memorial Lecture.

  • When Thu 26 Oct 2017, 5:30–7:00pm
  • Where
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost Free event

Visual artist, academic, and former exhibition curator Dr Huhana Smith discusses her involvement with major environmental and kaitiakitangakaitiakitanga custodianship  projects. She explores how art, design, and mātauranga Māorimātauranga Māori Māori knowledge  can combine to help communities tackle complex environmental issues.

In her lecture, The resilience values of Mātauranga Māori: addressing climate change impacts through art and design on coastal farming, Dr Smith will examine the use of art and design as a bridge between Māori knowledge systems and traditional science.

Since 2010, she has been a part of teams working with iwiiwi tribes  and hapūhapū subtribes  to research the impact of freshwater decline on Māori water and land holdings. More recently, the research focus has turned to the impact of climate change on the coast from Horowhenua to Kāpiti.

Drinks and nibbles provided.

About Dr Huhana Smith

Associate Professor Huhana Smith, PhD (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is Head of School of Art | Whiti o Rehua at Toi Rauwhārangi | College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington.

Huhana is a visual artist and former Senior Curator Māori at Te Papa. Currently she is principle investigator in government-funded research projects led by hapū in collaboration with landscape architects, environmentalists, ecological economists, and scientists.

About Dr Michael Volkerling

This free public lecture recognises the legacy of the late Dr Michael Volkerling. Dr Volkerling was founding director of the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University. He was also an executive director of Te Papa and director of the Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand).

The lecture is delivered in partnership with Victoria University Wellington.

An exhibition in a dairy shed


Wai o Papa exhibition, held in dairy shed, Kuku. Photographed by & courtesy of Huhana Smith