Te Pūnaha Hihiko Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund

The successful recipients of the 2016 Te Punaha Hihiko - Vision Matauranga Capability Fund investment round were announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell on 23 June 2016

This is the fourth round for the Fund which was established to grow skills and capacity for Maori participation in science and innovation and support outcomes that benefit New Zealand.

An interesting and wide range of new programmes were funded this year including:

  • Developing a land use opportunity database and decision support system for the Ngati Porou rohe to better inform researchers and Ngati Porou about options to create enduring prosperity and enhance Ngati Porou mana and identity.
  • Developing the Earth Science capacity and expertise of Makaawhio, the mana whenua in Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Through better understanding of local geology and landscape forming processes, the runanga will build confidence, skills and capacity to understand opportunities of natural resources and risks of natural hazards and encourage young people to develop interests in both scientific and traditional knowledge.
  • The better management of finfish using matauranga and modern scientific tools within Customary Protection Areas (CPAs) in Canterbury, Otago and Southland has the potential to address the decline of key customary species in coastal fisheries. The team, consisting of members of the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Mahinga Kai unit and research/academic staff from the University of Otago, will work alongside community members to develop effective recapture assessments to better assess population sizes and catch rates.

Read more about the successful proposals [PDF 116KB]

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