Otago University has launched an internship programme to link Maori science students with iwi businesses.
The trial programme will place three university students for 10 weeks over the summer at Industrial Research Ltd, a Crown Research Institute, and Maori businesses.
The internships were launched at the 25th conference of the Federation of Maori Authorities in Taupo at the weekend.
Research and enterprise deputy vice-chancellor Richard Blaikie said iwi businesses are calling out for more scientific input, and the programme will also help the university find pathways for its students.
Professor Blaikie says that if the pilot works well he expects other universities and research institutes to follow suit.