Pūhoro was launched in 2016 and is an exciting transformative programme aimed at advancing Māori leadership and capability to deliver a world class science community. The programme works directly with secondary school students and their whānau across the country. It provides students and whānau with mentoring, tutoring, wānanga (experiential learning/field trips) within culturally appropriate settings to help them navigate career pathways into science and technology related industries.
Palmerston North Boys’ High School student
Feilding High School student
Awatapu College student
Palmerston North Girls’ High School student
Manukura High School student
Rotorua Boys’ High School student
Otaki College student
Pūhoro began in response to nationally low engagement of Māori students in STEM subjects that subsequently led to lower numbers of Māori representation in science and technology industries in Aotearoa. Pūhoro wants to change this space and recognises that a STEM competent workforce is required for an innovation focused society. He waka eke noa!
To advance Māori leadership and capability to deliver a world class science community
To be the Centre of Excellence for Māori STEM achievement and development in Aotearoa
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Āmua Ao is an initiative to raise Māori participation and achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths, collectively known as STEM.
Everyday the Pūhoro team are learning new things and the programme features improve.
As part of the University’s Pūhoro Academy Programme, students had the opportunity to extract and identify the pigments in either blueberries or cabbage by dissolving them in solvents over a bunsen burner. The Institute of Fundamental Sciences provided the lab space, equipment and supervisors to oversee the experiments.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
We are developing rangatahi to be active participants in the STEM economy of tomorrow. We are working to develop a community of future Māori technologists, engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators and thought-pioneers.