On Tuesday 30 June NPM Principal Investigator and University of Waikato academic Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) was awarded the top Science Communications Prize from the Royal Society Te Apārangi at the Prime Minister's Science Awards.
NPM congratulates Rangi on this outstanding achievement and award, recognising his excellence in research and science communications, engaging communities in mātauranga Māori, Māori research and insights.
NPM Deputy Director Professor Poia Rewi (Ngāti Manama, Tuhōe, Tūwharetoa) was farewelled from the University of Otago in late June and welcomed in early July to his role as chief executive of Te Mātāwai, the agency that promotes the use of Te Reo Māori.
An MBIE review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) system (together with the Australian Research Council and the Australian Bureau of Statistics) has created new divisions for Indigenous research in Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO) and Fields of Research (FoR) classifications.
There was a high level of involvement from the research sector throughout the review process with almost 500 submissions, and as well as the new divisions for Indigenous research, it also resulted in the translation of all the Māori codes into Te Reo.
NPM is expecting many synergies to emerge from the publication of a new Guide to Vision Mātauranga (download here) supporting the innovation and advancement of mātauranga Māori while accelerating research, science and innovation for the benefit of all of Aotearoa New Zealand.
In 2018 NPM Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui), Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla (Ngāi Tahu) and Jeanette Wikaira (Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāpuhi) curated Te Takarangi, a sample list and exhibition of 150 Māori-authored non-fiction books published between 1815-2017.
Working together with The Royal Society Te Apārangi, they assembled a collection of titles that signalled and initiated change and, at times, captured the aspirations about what was, and is, possible for Māori and for the future of Māori and Pākehā in Aotearoa New Zealand.