of indigenous scientific names
Support for the restoration of indigenous names to native plants and animals - which were given Latin names by settler European scientists - has been gaining traction, but Māori academics say indigenous people must lead the conversation.
The restoration of indigenous scientific names was first put forward last year by ecologists Dr Shane Wright from Auckland University, and Len Gillman from AUT.
They are calling on Māori to bring forward the original names to keep that traditional knowledge alive, as Gillman said.
"I think it's the right thing to do, I think that names are really important to people because they are about identity, about a sense of place, so they have a huge importance to indigenous peoples from all over the world and so there's no real reason why they can't be restored."