Warrick Mitchell


YOB: 1978
Experience: Surf Boarder, Scuba Diver, Boater, Commercial Fisherman
Regions: Fiordland, Stewart Island, North Island
Interview Location: Awarua/Big Bay, NZ
Interview Date: 31 October 2015
Post Date: 01 December 2017; Copyright © 2017 Warrick Mitchell and Steve Crawford


CRAWFORD: To what extent, if at all, have had any direct exposure to Science culture and knowledge? Specifically, how much has it affected your understanding of marine ecosystems?

MITCHELL: I have a diploma in Marine Studies through the Auckland Marine Studies University, which was based in the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

CRAWFORD: That was a diploma with a very strong Science basis to it?

MITCHELL: It was 50 percent practical and 50 percent Science-based. 

CRAWFORD: When did you take that diploma?

MITCHELL: 2003 to start, then finished in 2006.

CRAWFORD: In terms of books or television programs that feature Science, do you do that type of stuff in your spare time?

MITCHELL: No, not so much. 

CRAWFORD: Do you have any Scientists as mates or mentors? Or people that you have worked with in the past that might have shared with you Science ways or thinking, or knowledge about marine systems? 

MITCHELL: I’m good friends with the lecturers from the Marine Studies course in the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. 

CRAWFORD: Ok. Same line of interest, but now with regards to Māori knowledge systems. To what extent has Māori culture and knowledge affected your understanding or marine ecosystems?

MITCHELL: I have some direct Māori influence, influential people in my life. I am very interested in native New Zealand and Māori New Zealand. 

Copyright © 2017 Warrick Mitchell and Steve Crawford