May 08, 2014
Maori research funding voice alarms Labour
The Labour Party wants answers on why theres no longer a Maori centre for research excellence.
The Government today announced six new centres or COREs, which will share just over $200 million in operational funding over the next six years
But Megan Woods, Labour’s innovation, research and development spokersperson, says the Government must explain why critical areas such as bio-protection, Maori research, high-value food products and human development missed out.
While bio-protection researchers say they'll look overseas for funding, the Maori research institute Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga doesn’t have that option.
Ms Woods says there is a lack of recognition that Maori research can contribute to a range of social, economic and cultural outcomes.
She says the Government isn’t making it clear how the science funding jigsaw puzzle fits together, or how it relates to the national science challenges.
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