Lecture #6 – Te Ngaehe Wanikau & Bubs Smith

Lecture #6: Managing Tongariro National Park Within the Context of COVID-19
September 11th, 5:00-6:00pm Vancouver Time (September 12th from 12:00 – 1:00pm New Zealand Time)
Chair: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Director of National Park Research Centre
RSVP: info.afrc@ubc.ca

Keynote Speakers: Te Ngaehe Wanikau and Bubs Smith

Te Ngaehe Wanikau is a high-level spiritual Maori leader. The Tongariro National Park is the first national park to be inscribed with dual world heritage status for its environmental landscape and cultural values. The Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro people are the guardian authority for the mountainous range and are a sub-tribe to the Ngāti Tuwharetoa people. Te Ngaehe is a researcher and advocate for liberal Māori educational pathways and also supports his tribe to mediate, negotiate, strategize and communicate to effect co-governance and co-management of their environment within his tribal district with Crown agencies.
Bubs Smith works for Ngāti Tūwharetoa which is the Iwi that have lived in and around Lake Taupō and Tongariro National Park area for centuries. As kaitiaki (guardians) of these ancestral lands, Mr. Smith ensures the safety of manuhiri (visitors) engaging in activities within Tongariro National Park and the surrounding areas. Mr. Smith facilitates collaborative work to address the adequate preparation of visitors before entering this culturally and environmentally sensitive protected area.