April 15, 2014
Small boost for Maori science
The government is to spend up to $5 million over the next two years boosting Maori science.
The latest Te Punaha Hihiko – Vision Matauranga Capability Fund comes at time that the Mari centre for research excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, is being axed and Maori researchers claim they have been cut out of the $800 million funding for the seven national science challenges.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says Te Punaha Hihiko will develop people and organisations undertaking research areas that promote economic growth, achieve environmental sustainability through iwi and hapu relationships with land and sea, improve health and social wellbeing and explore indigenous knowledge.
He says it’s an important initiative in ensuring strong linkages between iwi, Maori organisations, and the wider science community.
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