Te Kawa o Te Ora webinar series


Join us Tuesday 18 June for #3 in our Te Kawa o Te Ora webinar series! Videos from sessions #1 and #2 appear at the bottom of this page.

In Evolution of Climate Adaptation Research; Back to the Future, we acknowledge breadth and expertise of climate research across Aotearoa by talking to a small group of researchers who are pushing the boundaries. From how glaciers are responding to climate, to the way Te Tiriti and climate change intersect in our health system responses, to our abilities to access home insurance for our whare, and myriad ways children are engaging with climate action, we take a look at some of the challenges we face with our changing climate, and how our researchers are finding ways to contribute to a resilient climate future for all of Aotearoa.

This webinar will be the final webinar of the Deep South Challenge. We acknowledge all those who have been with us throughout the last 10 years, and who have been and are continuing to work to support informed, equitable and effective adaptation throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Join us in conversation with –

Lauren Vargo

For as long as Lauren can remember, she’s loved being outdoors and exploring the natural world. After discovering Geology in university, Lauren enjoyed learning about and studying the Earth, especially the icy parts. She now investigates questions in glaciology and climate science, with current research including monitoring how glaciers in Aotearoa New Zealand are changing, and investigating the impacts of climate change on snow and glaciers in New Zealand and globally.

Kenny Bell

Kenny is an economic researcher who focuses on environmental issues relating to the primary sector, including climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, and water quality. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently a Ngā Puanga Pūtaiao fellow.

MahMah Timoteo

MahMah Timoteo identifies as a fat, queer, Cook Island vā’ine. They are an Environmental Anthropologist who has just recently completed their PhD thesis through the University of Canterbury. Their thesis explored the lived experiences of Pacific peoples and their navigation of climate change spaces within Aotearoa. They are a researcher and lecturer whose interests lie in fat liberation, Pacific peoples and community, climate change, and decolonisation. Alongside this, MahMah takes great pride in advocating for their communities in spaces that they have created online which work to disrupt and dismantle oppressive systems that continue to harm our most marginalised communities. 

See below for the full April and May webinars.


Lauren Vargo

Research Fellow - Antarctic Research Centre

Kendon Bell

Kendon (Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Porou ki Harataunga ki Mataora) is an Economist at Manaaki Whenua and holds a PhD in Agricultural & Resource Economics from UC Berkeley. He specialises in the economics of climate change and agriculture.

Naomi Simmonds

Naomi is a researcher and environmental specialist whose background is geography, environmental planning and kaupapa Māori. A member of both our Kāhui Māori and our Engagement Team, Naomi is also a co-director of Tūānuku Ltd. Naomi’s research interests include Māori and Indigenous geographies, freshwater and iwi and hapū resource management, Māori maternities, whānau wellbeing and Indigenous methodologies.