Seed funding for Māori biosecurity research

Te Turi Whakamātaki – the Māori Biosecurity Network

Lincoln University lecturer Dr Amanda Black has been awarded seed funding for Te Turi Whakamātaki – the Māori Biosecurity Network – from Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM), a Centre of Research Excellence hosted at the University of Auckland.

The new research projects supported by NPM were designed and developed to support Māori research excellence that aligns directly with specific community needs. Each of the projects is innovative and inspiring, and together they will assist in achieving our collective aspirations and lead to real impact.

Te Turi Whakamātaki aim is to protect our taonga for future generations. The project, led by Dr Black (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) and hosted by Lincoln University, will explore how Māori knowledge, interests and values can be embedded in New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

Considering that biosecurity threats are likely to rise with increased global trade and travel, and climate change the need for Māori biosecurity solutions has never been greater.

NPM Co-Director Associate Professor Tracey McIntosh commented that “Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s research focus is to produce real world impacts, and support our researchers to work together to develop new lines of inquiry and objectives.  This new suite of research projects provides an exciting opportunity to develop a cluster of aligned outcomes and deliver positive change.”

“Each of the new projects is expected to benefit our communities and build pathways towards larger benefits in the future. We are extremely pleased to see these new and very capable teams come together to undertake this exciting research and look forward to all working towards our common goal over the year ahead, of Māori leading New Zealand into the future.”