The Our Land and Water National Science Challenge is a primary sponsor of the Pūhoro STEMM Academy and has been instrumental in supporting the growth and development of Pūhoro.
Under the direction of Ken Taylor, former director of the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, Hōne McGregor Governance Group Chair, Dr Selai Letica - Kaiarataki, Naomi Aporo - Kaihāpai Māori and Annabel McAleer - Senior Communications Advisor the partnership together has thrived over the years.
Furthermore, Pūhoro is delighted to now work together with Dr Jenny Webster Brown the current Director of Our Land and Water and further strengthen the line of sight for rangatahi Māori into careers and industries which strengthen these most fundamental of taonga – our land and our waters here in Aotearoa.
Our Land and Water has been a key driver in enabling access for rangatahi in the Pūhoro kaupapa, through the diverse network of partners it possesses to undertake meaningful internship opportunities over the summer period (November to February). These internships have strategically aligned with Our Land and Water objectives and given rangatahi hands on experience and built their technical and research based skills in the sciences.
Pūhoro STEMM Academy Director Naomi Manu, says the internship programme is significant for Pūhoro as it strengthens the long-term skills pipeline from secondary schools into tertiary education, then the workforce.
“This internship element enables students to discover their passions and to work in new and exciting STEM environments whilst being mentored by people who are committed to building Māori capability in STEM. These are made possible by the generous support of Our Land and Water.”
Our Land and Water governance group chair Hōne McGregor says: “Pūhoro enables rangatahi Māori to meaningfully engage in science and explore their current and future contribution to the science community, with Māori-led research, as Māori scientists equipped with a Māori world view.”
As we continue to work together with the incredible team and partners of the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, we look forward to further realising the potential of our rangatahi and continuing to build a generation of Māori scientists equipped and ready to solve the challenges and achieve the aspirations for our whenua and our wai in Aotearoa.