Media SAVVY Māori researchers

We offer fees-free, fully-funded media training workshops for Māori researchers, thanks to support from Curious Minds He Hihiri i te Mahara.

Launched in 2016 with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, these sessions offer Māori researchers the chance to discuss shared issues and exchange perspectives in a setting that supports kaupapa and promotes whakawhanaungatanga.

The overall aim is to increase the visibility of Māori researchers and impacts from their work in both mainstream and Māori media outlets.

Researchers will have opportunities to meet and interact with media and will upskill their practical and strategic communication skills, covering similar skills to our Science Media SAVVY workshops.

  • Two-day workshop
  • Entry is by selection, established and emerging Māori researchers from all fields are welcome to apply
  • Limit of 12 per workshop

Ideally suited for researchers with previous media experience seeking further development of their skills, and beginners anticipating media interest in their work.

What researchers say about the workshops

“This two-day workshop was a very informative and eye-opening introduction to the challenges and opportunities that the media can offer academics across a range of disciplines. It was intensive, practical, and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this workshop, especially for emerging Māori academics who are likely to be called upon by the media for comment or to balance the debate in their respective disciplines.”

Dr Armon Tamatea (Rongowhakaata; Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki), Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Waikato

“All of us have walked away with a kete full of new skills. Sitting in front of a camera wasn’t natural for most of us but given the safe environment, we all gave it a go and discovered it wasn’t too bad! I’ve now got a new appreciation for media and reporters, and how important it is to communicate our research projects to the wider communities.”

Yvonne Taura (Ngaiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Hauā), Freshwater Researcher, Landcare Research

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