and te ao Māori together to tackle pests
Biosecurity champion Tame Malcolm wants to elevate Māori traditional knowledge in science to help protect the environment from pests.
Embarking on a PhD this year, Malcolm plans to research anecdotal knowledge, gathered by word of mouth to help tackle some of New Zealand's most pressing pest problems.
For example, when different plants are flowering in the bush, Māori will use different lures for trapping pests, he said.
“When kawa kawa is flowering we use cinnamon but when hangehange is flowering we use curry powder.”