Maori troughing is spreading at an alarming rate:
A Waikato University researcher has received almost $500,000 to lead a two year international study on indigenous well-being.
Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development Linda Tuhiwai Smith has been awarded $424,000 from New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga.
Education, health, language revitalisation and economic development are known factors of Maori development but Ms Smith said she wants to kick it into the next gear.
Environment Canterbury will spend nearly $700,000 this financial year on a Ngai Tahu “engagement” programme, which has included staff helping write a waiata.
The figures were provided to the Timaru Herald after news that 21 staff from the council’s Timaru and Christchurch offices last week completed a two-day excursion to the Arowhenua marae in Temuka.
A second marae visit for other staff, to Port Levy, is planned for February.
Nice if you can get the work. The bro-raracy really knows how to get their trotters deep in the trough.