who is making waves in marine science
Kura Paul-Burke is the first wahine Māori Professor of Marine Research at the University of Waikato – and is determined to not be the last.
When a mussel restoration programme in Ōhiwa Harbour, in the Bay Of Plenty, began to ramp up installation, Paul-Burke had an idea. Mussel spat lines are typically made of composites, adding yet more plastic to the ocean as they disintegrate.
Why not make the lines out of a natural fibre?
Turning to traditional Māori practices, the project team made lines out of Tī Kōuka (cabbage tree) leaves, gathered from the ground and woven into rope.
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