May 08, 2015
Nga Pae back stronger then ever
The director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga says the arduous process it went through to receive funding as a centre of research excellence has made it stronger.
The Auckland University-based Maori research centre is one of four CoREs to make it through the second round, which guarantees five years of funding.
Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh says after criticism of the first round a new process was put in place, in which a committee led by Professor Sir Mason Durie assessed the Maori bids.
She says the hardest thing was making sure it was truly a national centre.
"So right down to the bottom of the South island, to Waikato, to Awanuiarangi (in Whakatane), at the last stage bringing in those who had been in other bids, but we have over 120 researchers fully engaged from all disiplines, all community-embedded," she says.
Tracey McIntosh says all the centres for research excellence are required to build up Maori capability.
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