Lewis Huia


YOB: 1955
Experience: Commercial Skipper, Commercial Fisherman
Regions: Otago, Chathams, Fiordland, Stewart Island
Interview Location: Milford Sound, NZ
Interview Date: 07 February 2016
Post Date: 01 December 2017; Copyright © 2017 Lewis Huia and Steve Crawford


CRAWFORD: In general, how much has Māori culture and knowledge influenced your thinking about how the marine ecosystem works?

HUIA: Very low. Because when I was growing up, it was very much European. My Father came from North Island, that's where my iwi is. When my Father came down here to Dunedin, I was never taught to speak Māori, because they saw no need for it - because that was the influence the Europeans had on society. Even at school, very little was taught, other than what used to be called 'The Māori Wars' which is now called 'The New Zealand Wars.' And very little on my culture. It's changing a bit now.

CRAWFORD: To what extent has Science culture and knowledge affected your understanding of marine ecosystems?

HUIA: Medium to High. Because I've always been interested in Science anyway.

Copyright © 2017 Lewis Huia and Steve Crawford