9 Jul 2010

New ethical framework for research among Maori

9:56 pm on 9 July 2010

The annual hui of Maori health and science researchers in Rotorua has unveiled a new ethical framework for people engaging in research among Maori.

Maui Hudson of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research says the Hui Whakapiripiri is a chance for Maori to discuss how methods like the use of embryos or brain tissue in research fit with the way Maori approach knowledge.

He told Waatea News the framework is based on the sort of questions communities might ask anyone who wants to come in and study them - namely, the genesis of the project, who controls it, whether it will do what it says it's going to do, and "who's looking out for the interests of the people".