New Zealand Project Support, 2013
The Winks Award winner for 2013 was Ani Alana Kainamu, who proposed to compare the natural resource management of customary fisheries in New Zealand and Hawaii. She planned to assess contaminant levels of trace metals and microbiological elements in ecologically significant and culturally important species of fish in two key estuaries. Her methodology integrates scientific and cultural approaches to understand how anthropogenic inputs and environmental factors affect the quality of food resources. In particular, she refers to the holistic “mountain to sea” traditions of the Ngai Tahu tribe of New Zealand’s South Island and of the native Hawaiian Kanaka Maoli to inform her analytic approach. Kainamu’s study will thus contribute to both national resource management in the Pacific, and current studies of indigenous Pacific peoples.