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Dr Pauline Harris

Dr Pauline Harris

Principal Investigator

Mātauranga Māori Research Programme

Phone:
+64 4 463 5233, ext. 8047

Address:
Victoria University of Wellington
Room 206
42 Kelburn Parade
Kelburn Campus
Wellington

Biography

Dr Pauline Harris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, where she lectures in the Science and Society programme on science communication, science in everyday life and the importance of energy in society.

She has a PhD in astrophysics from Canterbury University, where she investigated gamma ray bursts as possible sites for high energy neutrino production. Dr Harris has since been the Chairperson of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART), where she applied her physics expertise to the collation and the revitalization of Māori astronomical star lore.

Research interests

As a Principal Investigator on the Marsden funded project “Ngā Takahuringā ō te ao: The effect of climate change on traditional Māori calendars”, Dr Harris has significant experience and expertise in how to build bridges between Mātauranga Māori and currently topical areas of scientific research.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help us develop technologies to help mitigate these really big issues around environment.

Dr Pauline Harris

In the news

In The Media

Climate change impact on Māori wellbeing and culture 'sobering' yet 'insightful'

October 22, 2021

A new report highlighting the effects climate change will have on Māori in the coming decades is “sobering”, but presents an opportunity to adapt.

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News Article

MOU celebrates ongoing partnership with Whakarewarewa Living Village

August 2, 2021

We celebrated the collaboration and partnership with Whakarewarewa Village by signing a second MOU and a Statement of Intent.

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News Article

Mānawatia a Matariki

July 2, 2021

We would like to acknowledge this time of the year, Matariki!

Matariki is a time to reflect on the past, to...

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In The Media

Matariki holiday will 'better connect us with the natural world'

May 12, 2021

Dr Pauline Harris is part of the advisory group and speaks on the challenging yet rewarding task of finding the right date for Matariki

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Annual Report

Summer studentships for our DiscoveryCamp and Discovery Scholarship Alumni

March 30, 2021

Summer studentship descriptions for our DiscoveryCamp and Discovery Scholarship Alumni.

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Annual Report

Environmental monitoring and Maramataka

March 30, 2021

Research is being conducted in collaboration with the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART).

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Annual Report

Funding successes - Annual Report 2020

March 24, 2021

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2020. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Annual Report

Dr Pauline Harris - Annual Report 2019

March 8, 2020

Many know Dr Pauline Harris for her work in Māori astronomy, and traditional calendar systems, but may not realise she also has a PhD in physics.

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Annual Report

New Principal Investigators - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

An overview of the research interests of each of our eight new Principal Investigators.

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Annual Report

2018 funding successes - Annual Report 2018

April 8, 2019

Funding successes for our investigators and their research programmes during 2018. This funding enables our researchers and collaborators to continue their breakthrough research in advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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News Article

New Principal Investigators

August 27, 2018

The MacDiarmid Institute proudly welcomes eight new principal investigators.

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Videos

Materials science in environmental remediation of Papatuanuku

June 21, 2019

MATERIALise 2018 - Dr Pauline Harris discusses how the intersection of mātauranga Māori and materials science could inform environmental remediation.

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