September 22, 2022
More support for Māori researchers
The Government is putting $6.5 million to a programme developed by Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, the Centre for Māori Research Excellence, to grow the number of Māori in the research, science and innovation workforce.
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Ayesha Verrall says Kanupu, which means ‘lightning’ or ‘instantaneous glow’, will create programmes that connect Māori researchers across research institutions, including those in iwi and hapū communities.
It will help Māori researchers at different career stages through mentoring and training.
Dr Verrall says Māori researchers at the beginning of their careers in research institutes are often under pressure to perform both their research role as well as an unpaid role to provide cultural leadership.
With few Māori research mentors to guide them through these unique and added pressures, Māori researchers can experience burn-out and leave the research workforce.