what is an announcement bar


GCF Joins the Cancer Society and Hei Āhuru Mōwai to Support Māori Research

The Gut Cancer Foundation has joined Hei Āhuru Mōwai (Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa) and Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (the Cancer Society of New Zealand) to offer a Masters scholarship worth $45,000 in the 2023 Māori Cancer Researcher Awards. 

The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2023 are for researchers who are committed to hauora Māori, maximising Māori cancer health gains, and addressing existing cancer and health inequities. Both Masters and PhD scholarships are available.

This year is the first time when a Masters Scholarship will also be offered in collaboration with the Gut Cancer Foundation.

Cancer Society of New Zealand Research Manager Dr Nicole Stanton said the Māori Cancer Researcher Awards “demonstrate our shared commitment to advance Māori aspirations in cancer research, and our recognition of the importance of representation in the research workforce in achieving this”.

Hei Āhuru Mōwai Tumuaki (Chief Executive) Cindy Dargaville said the awards are “fantastic opportunities to support the growth of Māori researchers ensuring our Māori cancer research community is thriving to deliver better cancer outcomes for whānau”.

“We are really proud of the long-term partnership with the Cancer Society and now the Gut Cancer Foundation to support the journeys of these aspiring Māori researchers,” she said.

Gut Cancer Foundation Executive Officer Liam Willis said the Foundation was “thrilled to be contributing to this scholarship”.

“The Gut Cancer Foundation is committed to achieving equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders, with a focus on improving outcomes for Māori to address disproportionate impact and inequitable outcomes.”

Those planning to apply this year are asked to register their interest by 1 September 2023. Applications can be made here.

Pictured is Danielle Leah Valmai Oriwa Sword, 2022 Award recipient.