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“Māori Perspectives on Gene Editing”

Presented by Dr. Māui Hudson (New Zealand)

Following the controversies surround the introduction of GMO’s to New Zealand in the late 1990’s there was a significant body of work done to describe public feelings, including Māori perspectives, on Genetic Modification. However, as gene editing technologies emerged there has been little work done to see whether these technological developments have influence underlying public views about genetic modification. This presentation will share the results of a mixed method study looking at Māori views on Gene Editing.


Māui is the Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. He is an interdisciplinary researcher who focuses on the application of mātauranga Māori to decision-making across a range of contemporary contexts from new technologies to health, the environment to innovation. He has co-authored a number of ethical guidelines including Te Ara Tika: Guidelines on Māori Research Ethics, a framework for researchers and ethics committee members; Te Mata Ira Guidelines on Genomic Research with Māori; and He Tangata Kei Tua Guidelines on Biobanking with Māori.

Māui supports Māori to engage in the research sector as a co-convener of SING Aotearoa, the New Zealand chapter of the Summer Internship for Indigenous Genomics, and Te Ahu o Rehua, a Network for Cross Cultural Ocean Knowledge connecting expertise across the fields of climate change, marine science, ocean health, voyaging and non-instrument navigation. Māui also advocates for Māori rights and interests through Te Mana Raraunga: Māori Data Sovereignty Network and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. He is a co-founder of ENRICH, a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and New York University, and a co-developer of the Biocultural Labels Initiative.

Māui affiliates to Whakatohea, Ngā Ruahine, and Te Māhurehure.  He is a member of the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board, a director on Eastern Seafarms Ltd, Whakatohea Fisheries Asset Holding Company and Pakihi Trading Company. He is also a Trustee on Toi Kai Rawa, a trust promoting Māori Economic Development across the Bay of Connections.

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