Bragato Research Institute is thrilled to launch a new scholarship with Pūhoro STEM academy for the 2020-2021 academic year. This scholarship is for a Māori student studying a tertiary qualification in a science-related field with relevance to the wine industry.

“The New Zealand wine industry is approaching $2 billion and the opportunities for tomorrow’s research continue to grow, from soil science and environmental management through to technologies needed for bottling and vineyard automation,” says MJ Loza, CEO of Bragato Research Institute.

Our commitment to Vision Mātauranga is at the heart of this scholarship, to show Māori youth the opportunities available in science and research. Vision Mātauranga is the Government’s science policy framework to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Bragato Research Institute is committed to Vision Mātauranga and embedding it into our research, purpose and practices.

The scholarship recipient will also participate in an internship with Bragato Research Institute this summer, as part of a wider programme administered by Pūhoro STEM academy.

Launched in 2016, Pūhoro is a complete science, technology, engineering and mathematics pipeline for young Māori that supports engagement from secondary school, through tertiary education and into employment. Today, the academy fosters the development of over 800 Māori students, representing more than 80 iwi throughout the nation, and is focussed on revitalising Mātauranga Māori within STEM.

While nearly a quarter of the New Zealand population identified as Māori or as one or more Pacific ethnic groups, individuals from these groups make up less than 2% of the scientific work force.

“We know most future jobs will require STEM competencies so opportunities to unlock the innovative potential that rangatahi Māori bring is being realised through relationships like this one with Bragato. These relationships are fuelling the success of Māori engagement in STEM,” says Pūhoro Director Naomi Manu.

To learn more about our scholarship and internship programme, contact us at info@bri.co.nz.

This scholarship is for a Māori student studying a tertiary qualification in a science-related field with relevance to the wine industry.