Professor Michael Walker
Professor Walker, of the Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour Group, School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, has served on the Boards of two Crown Research Institutes, the New Zealand Government Science and Innovation Advisory Council, and as a co-opted member of the Society Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Michael brings extensive teaching, research and service provision experience to his role at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Throughout his career he has worked to increase participation by Māori and Pacific Island people in all aspects of science and has helped lead initiatives to improve their recruitment and retention as students entering the sciences at university level. This work has included the establishment of the Tuakana Programme to ensure Māori and Pacific Island students in biology succeeded in their first year at university and in their whole degree. He is also active in advocacy for science and science education to Māori and Pacific Island people.