June 21, 2024

Visit from Members of the ARC Life Course Centre, Melbourne

Whakauae Staff and Members of the ARC Life Course Centre during their recent visit.
Visit from Members of the ARC Life Course Centre, Melbourne
Whakauae Staff and Members of the ARC Life Course Centre during their recent visit.

On Friday June 7th Whakauae welcomed a group of researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence on the Life Course (the Life Course Centre). The Life Course Centre involves a range of partner institutions including the University of Melbourne (from whence our visitors hailed); the University of Sydney; the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland. Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran and Brendan Kennedy, were accompanied by emerging researcher Ella Reweti during their brief visit.

Brendan is a Tati Tati and Wadi Wadi Traditional Owner and Senior Knowledge holder from the Milu or Murray River region on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, and also serves as Deputy Chair of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Network. Brendan was part of a documentary “I am the River” which was launched in Whanganui on 8 June 2024.

Sangeetha is a geographer with experience in government roles, currently working at the University of Melbourne focusing on social, economic, and environmental geography, including energy poverty. She also holds a Senior Research Fellow position at the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Knowledge Institute.

Ella is of Ngāti Ranginui descent, and while she has grown up in Australia, she is looking to undertake her PhD study on the wellbeing of her awa, Wairoa, in Tauranga.

During their visit to Whakauae we were able to discuss our respective interests in Indigenous governance and leadership (including the governance of Indigenous data) as well as wellbeing  and the connection between wellbeing and taiao and awa. Our own emerging researchers, Luke Enoka and Tom Johnson spoke about their respective work with the centre, specifically the Rapua te Ara Rangatira study and the centre’s work in systems change. We are looking forward to furthering our conversations regarding wellbeing and taiao and potential opportunities for joint work together.

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