Partnership will strengthen Maori innovation and capability in Whanganui

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A memorandum of understanding was signed in Whanganui on Thursday September 24 2014, between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Nga Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust.

Partnership will strengthen Maori innovation and capability

A memorandum of understanding was signed in Whanganui on Thursday September 24 2014, between The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Nga Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust.

Together, the two organisations will undertake community-based science programmes to develop learning opportunities for young Maori, while also identifying and supporting science and innovation opportunities for businesses in the Whanganui region.

Nga Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust welcomes this exciting opportunity to collaborate with an organisation of excellence such as the MacDiarmid Institute and can envisage the extraordinary benefits to accessing and adding science, innovation and research integrity to our business arms and the applied educational opportunities for our stakeholdership, said Trust Manager, Nihi Houia.

The MacDiarmid Institutes Director Professor Kathryn McGrath added: Working in a partnership with people who share your vision, while bringing a perspective that strengthens and broadens you own, is a powerful base from which to grow great things for the future in education, science research and Maori Business development. Together we can work to create opportunities that change peoples lives.

By working together the MacDiarmid Institute and NHMT aim to:

  • Create an environment that is mutually respectful of our peoples histories and traditions (Maori and scientists alike)
  • Support an environment that facilitates and engenders the participation of Maori in life-long learning
  • Engender a passion for science and innovation across society, and a culture of engagement in community-centred and community-initiated scientific opportunities
  • Set up a cohort of Maori who have the capacity to inspire and be inspired with regard to science learning, resulting in the number of Maori students entering and successfully completing tertiary level STEM degrees increasing
  • Realise the full potential of Maori and Maori businesses
  • Create an environment where scientists seek Maori participation

About the MacDiarmid Institute

The MacDiarmid Institute is a New Zealand Government funded Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), established in 2002 by Whanganui-born, the late Professor Sir Paul Callaghan. The role of The MacDiarmid Institute as a CoRE is to deliver educational training and research, specifically in the area of advanced materials and nanotechnology, and to contribute to New Zealands future development.

About the Nga Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust

Nga Hononga Marae (Charitable) Trust works in Whanganui to make real and significant changes through creating and implementing new models of structural frameworks and decision-making processes that open doorways to iwi, hapu and whanau-owned development. They aim to find self-sustaining community and regionally-developed enterprises that will provide employment opportunities and a localised wealth economy whether rural or urban, which will in turn enable transformational change from the flax roots up.

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