October 04, 2018
Māori scholars score Rutherford Fellowships
Two wāhine Māori are among the 10 scholars to receive this year’s Rutherford Discovery Fellowships from the Royal Society Te Aparangi.
The fellowships are aimed at helping talented early-to mid-career researchers establish a track record for future research leadership.
Dr Lisa Te Morenga, a senior lecturer in Māori health and nutrition at Victoria University of Wellington, has been working at the University of Otago on the role of diet in the treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Her fellowship research programme will take a closer look at sugars, carbohydrates and wholegrain foods within Māori communities with the aim of working with communities to co-design effective and culturally appropriate interventions that support better diet and health.
Dr Krushil Watene from the Massey University Department of Philosophy will look at the philosophical concepts and ideas embedded in Māori ancestral narratives.
She wants to come up with a way to describe obligations to future generations grounded in Māori concepts; and a decision-making procedure that models decision-making which includes obligations to past, present, and future generations.
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