Māori academics honoured by Royal Society

Māori academics honoured by Royal Society


The scholastic excellence
of two Maori women has been recognised by the
prestigious research organisation, the Royal Society,
Te Aparangi. Although the women work
in different fields, their research share a common thread
of helping many Maori. These two women have been honoured for their time and energy spent on
uplifting and telling Maori stories. Tracey Macintosh has completed her
research on the inequalities Maori men and women face both
in and out of prison. Aroha Harris says she
is the first in her family to gain higher education, yet her knowledge
has also allowed many other Maori to gain a better
understanding of their own history. The Royal Society has recognised
the work these women have achieved, and a past winner says she
also acknowledges them for seeing
how important the work is. The Royal Society is a group
mainly made up of non-Maori, but they are, however,
experts in their respective fields. I applaud them for recognising
how important our work is to us and our people. A true example of the saying, ‘a person who consumes the fruits
of education will succeed, but a person who offers those
teachings to others is a true hero’. Irena Smith, Te Karere.

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