19 Mar 2013

Young Maori science leaders acknowledged

7:03 pm on 19 March 2013

Three young Maori science leaders have been acknowledged for successfully completing the inaugural Maori Enterprise Internship Programme - Te Hikohiko Te Uira.

The summer programme was aimed at growing young Maori leaders who will help support Maori business growth and New Zealand's economy.

The three interns from the University of Otago - spent more than ten weeks working within the New Zealand science system, across government agencies and with Maori businesses.

Lisa Pohatu from Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Tamanuhiri, Malea Zygadlo from Ngati Porou, and Marama Kainamu Wheeler of Ngapuhi completed the programme last month.

Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA) chief executive Te Horipo Karaitiana congratulated them on finishing the programme.

FOMA chairperson Traci Houpapa says the three young interns were a hit. She says they met with a range of political leaders and were an example of the type of leadership and talent the Maori economy and New Zealand will need in the future.

The pilot programme was a joint initiative supported by the Federation of Maori Authorities, Callaghan Innovation and the University of Otago.