Government investment in Māori research, science and innovation

MBIE commissioned an independent report that explores what funding has been invested in Māori research, science and innovation.

Feedback from the sector on the Te Ara Paerangi Green Paper highlighted the need for greater transparency of funding, particularly around adequate investment in Māori research, science and innovation.

MBIE commissioned MartinJenkins to analyse 2018, 2019 and 2020 data from various funding agency grants and investment funds and conduct in-depth interviews with funding recipients and other government departments. The report’s findings reinforced issues raised by the sector: The current system does not capture complete and consistent data on all funding for Māori, and that there has been generally low levels of funding of Māori research science and innovation activity.

MBIE is continuing to work closely with the sector to improve how the research, science, and innovation system gives life to the aspirations of Māori and honours the government’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This report and its recommendations will help MBIE improve funding processes and management.

This is the web version of MartinJenkins' report, commissioned by MBIE. 

You can download the PDF version at:

Government investment in Māori research, science and innovation [PDF, 3 MB]

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Last updated: 22 May 2024