Experience: Spearfisherman, Scuba Diver, Commercial Fisherman, Underwater Observatory Manager
Regions: Otago, Catlins, Fiordland
Interview Location: Milford Sound, NZ
Interview Date: 08 February 2016
Post Date: 01 December 2017; Copyright © 2017 Alistair Child and Steve Crawford
2. EXPOSURE TO MĀORI/LOCAL/SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS
CRAWFORD: How much has Māori culture and knowledge affected what you know about marine ecosystems?
CHILD: Very Low.
CRAWFORD: How much has Science culture and knowledge affected your understanding of marine ecosystems?
CHILD: I’ve been very lucky, in that I have a fairly high knowledge of how it all ticks.
CRAWFORD: You've had a natural passion for that, ever since you were a kid.
CHILD: That’s the key ingredient. You need to have that, to start with. And I am a bit of an artist. I haven’t done much recently, but I used to draw all the muscle structures of brachiopods for science papers.
CRAWFORD: If you had to rank the effect of Science on your understanding, would it be High or Very High?
CHILD: Well, Very High I think
CRAWFORD: I think so too.
Copyright © 2017 Alistair Child and Steve Crawford