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Rata Pryor Rodgers
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Rata Pryor Rodgers

‘Ko ahau te tohorā, te tohorā ko ahau’ (I am the whale, and the whale is me)

Maori have deep and long-standing relationships with whales and other marine mammals that surround New Zealand. This is evident in their presence in traditional stories, songs and cultural practices.

Join Ngāi Tahu marine biologist Rata Pryor Rodgers as she provides insight into her research about New Zealand's marine mammals, whaling history, current policy and interactions regarding whales and the important connection Maori have with them.

5.45pm – Doors open, complimentary access to the Whales | Tohorā exhibition, welcome drinks and snacks

6.30pm – Talk commences

Rata Pryor Rodgers has a Bachelor of Marine Biology & Environmental Science and a Masters in Science, and is the recipient of the 2017 Te Tauira a te Kaiwhakatere scholarship awarded by tribal council Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

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