November 11, 2014
Big ka pai for Nga Pae research
An independent evaluation has found research projects done through the Maori Centre of Research Excellence Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga were improving the practices, processes and policies of end-users such as tribal authorities.
Nga Pae lost out in the last contestable funding round for centres of research excellence, but it is applying for the new Maori research funding included in this year’s budget.
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says the centre, which is based at Auckland University but draws in researchers from 16 research partners around the country, is a unique organisation with no international benchmark to compare it with.
It says 80 percent of Nga Pae’s research projects were designed and shaped by communities.
Their impact was localised and highly relevant to the communities involved.
NZIER chief economist Nick Allison says projects go from language growth and community housing to environmental restoration and geothermal development.
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