October 22, 2014
Academic strength needed for Maori centre
The deputy chair of the group choosing who will run the new Maori centre for research excellence says such a centre is essential for the next generation of Maori scholars.
Haami Piripi is representing the Iwi Leaders Group on the committee, which is chaired by Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie.
In this year’s budget the Government set aside $5 million a year for five years from 2016 for the centre, after widespread protests that the Auckland University-based Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga missed out in the main CoRE funding round.
Mr Piripi says his group wants to build on Nga Pae’s achievements.
"We’re looking for a centre that will give us excellent research with academic strength, establish the place of matauranga Maori alongside other methodologies, the strength of asking the right questions among the right people to get the right answers is really important, cutting edge research, solution focused, collaborative," he says.
Mr Piripi says another precedent is the work the late Eru Pomare did establishing Maori research capacity at the University of Otago Medical School in Wellington.
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