$1.9 million allocated to Vision Matauranga Science Fund

A total of 1.9 million over the next two years will be invested in 17 programmes under the Vision Matauranga Science Fund.

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell announced the third annual investment in the yesterday which was established to grow skills and capacity in science and innovation and support outcomes that benefit Māori and New Zealand.

Steven Joyce says, “The Fund aims to strengthen connections between Māori and the science and innovation system, and is one of the Government’s mechanisms to support Māori economic development.”

The funds are expected to contribute to projects focusing on Indigenous innovation, the environment, health and education.

Joyce says, “Iwi play an increasingly active role in New Zealand’s economy and in the management of natural resources. Unlocking the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people will have major economic, social and environmental benefits for New Zealand.”