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Kairangahau/ Researcher at Cawthron Institute.
I work in the Māori research business & development team as well as the Coastal & Freshwater team. My main role is to help implement Mātauranga Māori into science projects.
I studied Chemistry, Marine Science and Māori at University. I then moved to Australia and was a Dive Instructor on the Great Barrier Reef for two years before moving home. In New Zealand, I worked in a trace elements lab analysing milk products and did some surveying at the fishing docks collecting Kahawai heads. I have now moved to Nelson to work at Cawthron Institute as a researcher.
The favourite part of my job is I get to learn and try out different things every day. I also love incorporating Māori into science and seeing how they can benefit each other.
Mussel poo! In the lab you have to handle mussels and their waste.
I currently work on three projects in two National Science challenges, Sustainable Seas and Science for Technological Innovation. We have been working on tidal wave energy, mussel monitoring and a website that will show you where your plastic goes in the ocean.
I was working with a teacher on how we could get 16 mussels connected to sensors. There were a lot of issues and obstacles in the way but four hours later we had worked through every problem and attached all 16 mussels.
I was speaking at a conference and pressed the button for the next slide. The whole screen switched off! I was pressing every button on the remote I had to turn it back on and it finally came back, I found my slide and kept talking. What I learned is to really watch what your doing.
Diving, reading and going on road trips.
Heni Unwin is a Kairangahau / Researcher at the Cawthron Institute. Image: Supplied.