Thegn is a Professor of Archaeology in Anthropology at the University of Auckland. Thegn’s research examines socio-political transformations and the political economy of agricultural surplus production in Rapa Nui and Hawai‘i. He is also leading a Marsden funded interdisciplinary project utilising social network analysis and obsidian sourcing and hydration dating techniques to understand how Māori society transformed from relatively autonomous village-based societies to more integrated large and powerful tribal based associations. Thegn is also a member of a Te Pūnaha Matatini project focusing on climatic change and traditional Māori fishing. More about Thegn.