June 28, 2016
Maori scholars chart course for US
Lawyer Maia Wikaira and engineering lecturer Dr Kepa Morgan have won Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States.
Ms Wikaira, from Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngapuhi and Te Rarawa, will use her graduate award to complete a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Stanford University in California, with a focus on freshwater law and policy and Indigenous rights.
She’s an associate at Wellington firm Kahui Legal.
Dr Morgan from Ngati Pikiao is a senior engineering lecturer at the University of Auckland.
He intends to undertake research at the University of Hawai’i, the University of Arizona and Colorado School of Mines to extend his Mauri model decision making framework and its application to indigenous peoples.
Nga Pae co-director Jacinta Ruru says they will join an ever-growing list of Maori who have shared their indigenous knowledge and experiences with the world, bringing new perspectives and understanding to the highest levels of academia.
The annual Fulbright New Zealand awards ceremony will be held at Parliament today.
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