Jenny Winipere Mauger

An ardent environmental advocate, Jenny draws inspiration from her formative years, a mokopuna of the rich Heretaunga soils, calm yet sometimes shrieking winds of the Takapau Plains, the numerous visits to Kuku (mussel) rocks, endlessly woven through whānau.

Jenny has upheld the values of her ancestors by pursuing environmental and aquatic sciences (marine biology, fisheries and aquaculture) following a career in human health. Enhancing and protecting toanga tuku iho / God-given gifts via intergenerational transmission of Matauranga Māori / traditional knowledge resulting in Hapū Management Plans has captivated Jenny for many years.

By focussing on environmental health common to all New Zealanders Jenny helps in alpine conservation in the North Island’s largest privately-owned indigenous forest; technical adviser for Te Kāuru: Eastern Manawatū Awa Hapū for the Manawatū River Action Plan; Kahugnunu ki Te Matau a Māui, chairs the largest Tangata Kaitiaki collective in Aoteroa; established benchmarks for New Zealand’s first mid-water mussel farm; dune restoration; and bird relocations from mountains (kiwi) to sea (titi).

Sailing on traditional voyaging double-hulled, twin-masted waka honours the elements. Experiencing the Pacific Ocean / Te Moananui-a-Kiwa and environs sailing to Hawai’i and Australia, reconnecting our sea-trails, star-trails and land-trails as wayfinders in this era of climate change, Jenny is amoung those finding ways to address natural resource management issues from land to sea, along with environmental, health and economic considerations locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

 
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