12 Jun 2015

Wananga to promote science to be held

6:11 am on 12 June 2015

A new wananga has been given funding to get more rangatahi engaged and involved in science.

Plant and Food Research and Wakatū will deliver a three-day wananga over the summer holidays for rangatahi aged 13 to 15.

The wānanga, Noho Taiao ki Wakatū, will encourage them to consider a future career in a science-related field.

Wakatū's general manager of culture, Ropata Taylor, said it was important to get more young Māori interested in science so they would be motivated to take up the subject at kura.

"We're really keen on programmes that equip and assist us to grow young people who are culturally able and well connected to us as a people, and at the same time able to work at the forefront of innovation and science.

"That's really the future of our organisation, our business and agri-business, and we would like to have more Māori involved in the sector."

Mr Taylor said the wānanga would involve hands-on activities and presentations from scientists and organisations.

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