March 07, 2021
Ngai Tahu extends research lab into university
Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury are launching a centre for indigenous social innovation in April.
The centre will be run by Tokona Te Raki Māori Futures Collective, a Ngāi Tahu subsidiary which explores indigenous research and design processes.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett says the Māori Futures Academy will support the tribe’s aim to have equity in education, employment, and income for all Māori by 2040.
It’s inspired by the d-school at Stanford University in California, which has run short courses for Māori leaders and entrepreneurs.
The academy will provide paid internships for 10 rangatahi a year.
Tokona Te Raki executive director Eruera Tarena says they will learn by doing and creating impact in Māori communities.
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