13 Sep 2010

Maori scholar to study impact of colonisation

11:31 am on 13 September 2010

A researcher who has looked at links between colonisation and Maori health and social statistics is off to the United States to see how Native Americans cope with similar issues.

Leonie Pihama has won the first Fulbright Scholarship organised in partnership with Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, the national centre for Maori research excellence.

She will spend five months at the Indigenous Wellness Centre in Seattle, which is at the forefront of studying the impact of colonisation on indigenous people worldwide.

Researchers there are making connections between 500 years of colonisation and current issues like family violence, Ms Pihama told Waatea News.

"There's quite a core link being made now," she says. "That's the kind of work that we're working towards here."