The Foundation for Research, Science & Technology has awarded six Te Tipu Putaiao Fellowships to emerging researchers whose work may strengthen Maori knowledge, people and resources.
Michael Kearney from Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tainui and Tuhoe, a post-doctoral researcher at Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiaarangi, will develop an eel fisheries management plan for Ngati Awa.
Lincoln University researcher Amanda Black's work on retention of nutrients in agricultural soils is aimed at improving the soil health of Maori land blocks.
And Waikato University PhD student Shane Carter's experiments in turning water-weed into biofuel could create energy businesses for Maori groups.
Other projects include research into blood structure at the time of death, marine toxins and the effect of river engineering on native fish.