Zac McIvor is a lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Otago. His research focuses on the interface between Mātauranga Māori and archaeology to develop new understandings about hapū-Māori pasts. He uses cultural mapping and landscape archaeological techniques alongside chronological network analyses of whakapapa and radiocarbon dates to achieve this.
Zac is also interested in research into hapū cultural heritage management priorities and how archaeological practice under hapū tikanga may enhance community wellbeing in the face of climate change induced losses to heritage. Zac affiliates with Ngāti Patu Pō of Waikato and engages kaumātua and kaitiaki in several tribal heritage management projects in Waikato.