I came to the mighty Waikato in 2011 from Christchurch and decided to pursue my passion of culture a year later through studying Anthropology at the University of Waikato. After completing my Masters in 2015 which looked at the contradictory effects that globalisation and ideas of development have on the people of Tonga, particularly in respect to their understandings of health and how they negotiate the relationship between tradition and modernity, I decided to embark on my PhD journey in 2017.
As part of #teamtoheroa, a transdisciplinary Marsden funded research group examining the history, biology and ecology of toheroa, my research investigates the customary knowledge and practices around resource management of kaimoana and provides an insight into the important historical and contemporary role toheroa have in te ao Maori. Currently, I am doing my fieldwork in Northland working with a coastal Maori community at Mitimiti in the Hokianga. I will be spending one year in Northland following the toheroa where they have been and/or still are today.