Deborah (Tepora) is working long distance at completing her PhD at Otago University. Her research investigates the relationships and any existing interrelationships between kura, kāinga and marae in Taitokerau/Northland relating to food systems.
This research is a study within a Māori kin community and, with an environment impacted by challenging climate conditions, and also the effects of Covid-19, food production and sustainability are underpinning aspects of this research project.
Deborah has over 20 years teaching experience. Her Masters study explored the implementation of the Garden to Table programme in New Zealand schools.
Kāinga, Kura and Kai: A cultural response in the face of a changing climate
Deborah's research examines the relationships, and any existing interrelationships, between kura, kāinga and marae in Taitokerau/Northland and from that perspective, to understand and elucidate the innovation opportunities and challenges relating to emerging food systems. Her research is a study within two Māori kin communities where innovation and food systems can be at the core of reclaiming and advancing a sustainable growth kaupapa/purpose that has oranga (wellbeing, wellness) of people, lands and water, at its heart. Schools/kura may play a significant role in these regards. With an environment impacted by challenging climate conditions, and also the effects of Covid-19, food production and sustainability are underpinning aspects of this research project.
- Merata Kawharu (Centre for Sustainability)
- Paul Tapsell
- Hirini Tane