A kaupapa Maori programme is helping students to excel in their research.
Te Koronga is part of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise at the University of Otago and started about 18 months ago to incorporate Maori values into learning.
Supervisors and some of its students spoke about the programme at the International Indigenous Development Research Conference in Auckland today.
Supervisor Anne-Marie Jackson said she noticed a small number of Maori students at the school going into post-graduate study.
She said when she completed her PhD, she knew how valuable Maori research was for communities and decided to put Te Koronga in place.
Student Chanel Phillips said she had been fortunate to have Te Koronga while completing her master's thesis and mahi (work) would not be at the level it is otherwise.