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Dr Jessica Hutchings

Dr Jessica Hutchings
Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati


Dr Jessica Hutchings (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati) is the Director Māori of the Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge. She has a PhD in environmental studies and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Maori health research. Jessica is a well-known kaupapa Māori research leader trained in the fields of environmental and Indigenous studies. She has held senior management and leadership roles in the Māori science and research sectors and is a widely published author, including recent books, Te Mahi Māra Hua Parakore, A Māori Food Sovereignty Handbook (Te Tākupu, 2015) and Decolonisation in Aotearoa: Education, Research and Practice with Jenny Lee-Morgan (NZCER Press, 2016) both winners of the Kōrero Pono, Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Book Awards. Dr Hutchings has been working at the crossroads of Indigenous knowledge, whānau and environmental wellbeing for the last two decades. She currently works as a consultant across a range of projects that contribute to the broad gaols of kaupapa Māori. She is also the founder and teacher of the Kaupapa Māori yoga studio – Yogahā.

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