November 16, 2015
Grants buy time for research
Two of the country’s most senior Maori researchers have been granted new three-year fellowships by the Health Research Council.
The council’s acting group manager for Maori health research, Jaylene Wehipeihana, says the $300,000 Nga Pou Senior Fellowships aim to advance the work of mid-career to senior level researchers with a proven track record and prominent level of leadership in an area of Maori health.
She says the demands on such people are often extremely high, and the fellowships will allow them to buy some time to focus on their own projects.
They have gone to Dr Leonie Pihama, the director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Dr Mihi Ratima from Te Pou Tiringa Incorporated in New Plymouth, who specialises in issues around child development.
"Dr Pihama is to work some strategies and buy some time out to further her work in whanau violence, family violence. For Dr Ratima, it’s for her to further cement her work in her capacity in the Taranaki rohe," Ms Wehipeihana says.
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