June 24, 2021
Maori researchers benefit from Covid recovery boost
Researchers working on Māori identity, colonisation and the treatment of tamariki Māori with autism are among 30 early career researchers to receive MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships.
The two-year fellowships are a one-off response to address the impact of Covid-19 on the New Zealand research science system.
They come with a $75,000 salary, the same amount for organisational overheads, and $10,000 for research-related expenses.
Dr Tui Matelau-Doherty from Auckland University of Technology will use the fellowship to research the value of positive ethnic and national identities for Māori and Pacific people in New Zealand.
Dr Tara McAllister from Victoria University of Wellington is looking at how science in Aotearoa can be transformed with mātauranga Māori, while her colleague Dr Jessica Tupou will study culturally responsive early intervention for tamariki Māori with takiwātanga/autism.
Canterbury University’s Dr Amba Sepie will research what she’s calling strategies for decolonisation – indigenous knowledges and regenerative cultural design.
At the University of Auckland, Dr Jesse Wiki will look at population health models, and Unitec's Dr Samantha Heath is investigating how nursing training can change to fit New Zealand’s changing demography.
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