William Fu-Allen | Biggar Family Trust Kupe Leadership Scholar

Master of Science

The incorporation of indigenous knowledge and techniques is limited in scientific communities and dominated by more 'western' approaches. This challenge I believe needs to be addressed within global scientific communities and in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Although the integration of indigenous traditional knowledge, like Matauranga Māori, has seen recent development within New Zealand's scientific community, a large disarray and knowledge gap between fields of study is evident, ultimately limiting both the empowerment of traditional practices and efficacy of scientific work.

I believe that incorporating a range of traditional, indigenous practices into scientific literature and field work would be imperative to adding depth, complexity and understanding to a topic by analysing ideas through multiple facets of inter-generational and exclusive information. Moreover, these practices yield societal influences, as the implementation of holistic approaches allow great idea exploration.

Unfortunately, in many research fields, these ideologies are being forgotten, neglected, and in extreme cases, acted against, as they are not viewed as equal, beneficial or directly involved with research.

This issue calls for leadership, as results can benefit all aspects of science and the upkeeping of essential traditional practices. Here, a leader can establish Aotearoa as the world's frontier of involving indigenous knowledge within science.

Sponsor: Biggar Family Trust

Mentor: Eddie Kohlhase, MNZM

Eddie Kohlhase leads HPSNZ’s Performance Partnerships team, which works in partnership with National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to provide performance and strategic investment, high performance coaching support, campaign planning and administers the Prime Minister’s Scholarship programme for athletes, coaches and support staff.

Eddie is a World Hall of Fame Softball player whose career with the Black Sox spanned 30 years, making history as the first New Zealander to win world championships as a player and a coach. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to softball.

Since joining HPSNZ, Eddie has worked as a Coaching Consultant, High Performance Consultant and Performance Team Leader. Prior to joining HPSNZ Eddie has a highly successful career with New Zealand Customs and was a graduate of the University of Auckland Hillary Leadership Programme.