Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Dismay at funding decision for Māori Research

Dismay at funding decision for Māori Research

New Zealand’s leading Māori researchers and scholars are dismayed and shocked at a decision by the Royal Society of New Zealand not to shortlist the world’s only Māori and Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), in a current funding round.

On Saturday the Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Professor Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal received email confirmation that the Centre of Research Excellence he heads is out of the running for future funding, affecting more than 100 of the country’s pre-eminent researchers engaged in research to benefit Māori communities. The centre is now set to close in 2015 unless other arrangements can be made.

Professor Royal says that the decision of the Royal Society of New Zealand not to shortlist NPM has come as “a great blow to research concerning needs and opportunities facing Māori communities and is extraordinarily short-sighted in view of New Zealand’s future needs, aspirations and goals.” Professor Royal added that he “felt particularly sad for the many Māori communities located throughout New Zealand with whom we conduct our research and for whom it is designed to benefit.”

Established in 2002, NPM is a network of world class indigenous development researchers conducting research in partnership with Māori communities on matters of deep importance to them. In its first years, NPM focused upon increasing the scale and ability of the research system to conduct Māori relevant research. “It was a massive task”, says Professor Royal, “and our goal of 500 Māori PhDs symbolises the focus of that time.”

Since 2010, NPM research focused upon three research priorities concerning Māori economic development, fostering healthy and prosperous whānau and enhancing Māori distinctiveness, particularly mātauranga Māori. “Significant research was conducted in this period and continues in 2014 on major questions facing our communities like models for educational success, traditional child rearing practices, Māori language revitalisation, resilience of whānau following the Christchurch earthquakes, the restoration of the marine environment following the Rena grounding in Tauranga, Māori men’s health, markers and models of flourishing whānau and much more.”

The goal of the new proposal for NPM was to accelerate and integrate Māori development through harmonising economic, social/cultural and environmental goals. “Its purpose was to bring about an entirely new era for Māori communities by developing an integrated model of development whereby these communities further their contributions to their own and New Zealand’s national development.”

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is a Centre of Research Excellence consisting of 16 participating research entities and hosted by the University of Auckland. NPM conducts research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global indigenous research and affairs. Its research is underpinned by the vision to realise the creative potential of Māori communities and to bring about positive change and transformation in the nation and wider world. Visit www.maramatanga.ac.nz
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

PM's Presser: ‘Precarious’ Solid Energy In Banks’ Hands

Liquidation of state-owned coal company Solid Energy “cannot be ruled out” but is “not the number one preferred option of the government,” says Prime Minister John Key, who confirmed the beleaguered company was discussed today at Cabinet as its banking syndicate grapples with its commercially dire prospects. More>>

ALSO:

Missed Opportunities: Amnesty International Report Card On NZ's UN Role

As New Zealand steps down from its month as President of the Council, Amnesty International has taken the opportunity to review New Zealand’s role on the Council so far and assess their performance and contribution to protecting human rights worldwide. More>>

ALSO:

Prince Charles Get More Jobs: PM Announces Honorary Military Appointments

PM John Key has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of HRH The Prince of Wales to three honorary positions: Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy; Field Marshal, New Zealand Army; Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. More>>

ALSO:

No TPP Deal: Gordon Campbell On Why We Should Still Oppose Investor-State Dispute Measures

Even in this dark hour for the TPP, the secrecy farce continues... What is left to hide? Every single negotiator went into those talks in Maui knowing exactly where everyone else stood. More>>

REACTION:

Salvation Army On Homelessness: Hard Times In West Auckland

The report details an uncomfortable story of people whose only option is to live an unhealthy, dangerous and damaging street life... The social housing needed by these people is not currently available in sufficient quantity. More social housing is required in the West. More>>

ALSO:

Message For PM: NZ Supports Te Reo Māori – You Should Too

As Māori Language Week celebrations and commemoration of 40 years draws to an end, the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, is once again hugely encouraged by the widespread support for Māori language from throughout the country ... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news