New Tūpuna Maunga Authority Research Scholarship

PhD student sampling myrtle rust disease on a pōhutukawa specimen at Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill. This work was being conducted as part of the Beyond Mrytle Rust research programme under the leadership of Mahajabeen Padamsee at Manaaki Whenua / Landcare. Credit: Tūpuna Maunga Authority.


E hoki ki ō maunga, ki ō awa, kia purea ai koe i ngā hauora ō Tāwhirimatea.

Return to your mountains, and your rivers that you might be cleansed by the healing winds of Tāwhirimatea.

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority (TMA) is thrilled to announce our annual research funding of $10,000 to support students research about the Tūpuna Maunga.

The funding has been made available under the TMA Education Strategy and as part of the newly developed Tūpuna Maunga Research Policy. This newly created funding opportunity supports research projects that align with the Tūpuna Maunga Values (Section 9, p59) and Tūpuna Maunga Strategies.

Successful scholarship applicants’ project outcomes will benefit the Tūpuna Maunga. For example, research into alternative pest control practices may result in the reduction of pesticide and herbicide use on the Tūpuna Maunga, improving the health of our precious taonga tuku iho (treasures handed down the generations).

Authority Chair Paul Majurey says, “The Tūpuna Maunga Authority Research Scholarship looks to support young researchers’ outputs that benefit the Tūpuna Maunga, enhancing the mana and mauri of the Maunga. This programme is also an exciting opportunity to activate and grow relationships with local communities and organisations.”

This year’s grant round is open now and closes 10pm, 7 August 2022, with funding to successful applicants available from as early as October 2022 (based on processing requirements). As part of the selection process, the $10,000 annual funding may be split and awarded across multiple applicants.

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