November 06, 2016
Marsden funds boost Maori scholars
Maori scholars and scholarship has been given a boost from the latest $62 million round of Marsden research funding.
Associate Professor Tahu Kukutai from Waikato University’s National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis has got $735,000 for a three year project to reconstruct the history of a Waikato hapu and look at how it managed the effects of colonization.
A team lead by Dr Jennifer Cattermole from the Music Department of Otago University and Maui Solomon from the Hokotehi Moriori Trust has $530,000 to look at what musical instruments of Moriori and Maori can tell us about the cultural changes that occurred amongst the earliest ancestral settlers of Aotearoa and the Chatham Islands.
Dr Krushil Watene of Massey University Auckland has a $300,000 Marsden Fast-Start grant to take a Maori approach to political philosophy exploring questions about what makes a just society, and how can Maori and other indigenous perspectives get an equal share in discussions about social and global justice.
Associate Professor Jeff Sissons of Victoria University of Wellington is looking at the widespread removal of tapu sites and shrines by Maori in the mid-19th century as Christianity took hold.
And Professor Thegn Ladefoged from the University of Auckland will combine science, archaeology and local knowledge to consider how Maori society emerged and flourished over several hundred years of settlement.
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