New Wave - Otago postgraduate students
(from left): Anne-Marie Jackson,
Stephanie Rotarangi & Darnell Kennedy
Otago postgraduate students Anne-Marie Jackson, Stephanie Rotarangi and Darnell Kennedy are part of a new wave of young Māori researchers generating knowledge that will benefit Māori and all New Zealanders.
They were awarded the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST) Te Tipu Pūtaiao Fellowships for research contributing to New Zealand's bank of scientific knowledge and enhancing Māori involvement in new areas of study.
Anne-Marie (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua) is researching the constraints and enablers for establishing taiapure – coastal areas where the Government acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua and their entitlement to have rangatiratanga over their fisheries.
Stephanie is studying the motivations that lead Māori to make decisions regarding forest management. She is aiming to understand the impact on national sustainability of current land use and forest management policies important to Māori.
Darnell (Ngati Māniapoto, Ngāti Maru) is developing and evaluating a method that compares DNA profiles of the streptococcus bacteria found on teeth and in bite marks on human skin. Her aim is to use the research to build an effective forensic tool to trace perpetrators of violent crimes while simultaneously profiling the streptococci found in mouths of Māori and non-Māori.
In 2009, FRST is offering approximately 40 Te Tipu Pūtaiao Fellowships to students completing masterate, doctorate or postdoctoral work in science, engineering or technology disciplines. The Round Two deadline is 2 September 2009.