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Cancer Society and partners supporting Māori cancer research

Hei Āhuru Mōwai (Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa) and Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (the Cancer Society of New Zealand) are excited to be opening applications for the third annual round of the 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.

For more information and to apply head to our Research Grants Page.




About Hei Āhuru Mōwai

Hei Āhuru Mōwai Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa is a national network of Māori cancer professionals, clinicians, researchers and whānau who are committed to Rangatiratanga in cancer control, eliminating cancer inequities between Māori and non-Māori and advocating for better outcomes for whānau.

About the Cancer Society of New Zealand

Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (The Cancer Society of New Zealand) is the country's leading organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for New Zealanders. We are committed to working with communities and decision makers by providing leadership and advocacy in cancer control, with core services in information and support, research and health promotion.

The Cancer Society is a major funder of life-saving and world-class cancer research. In the past 10 years, the Cancer Society has invested more than 52 million dollars in research across the motu that has improved the prevention, detection, and treatment of different types of cancer, and aimed to help New Zealanders live longer following a diagnosis.

About the Gut Cancer Foundation

The Gut Cancer Foundation is the voice of cancers of the digestive system (including bowel, pancreas, stomach, oesophagus, liver, gallbladder and bile duct cancer), and provides vital information and education to improve and save the lives of all New Zealanders affected by gut cancers, as well as funding innovative research to treat, detect and diagnose these cancers to improve outcomes. The foundation currently has trial and research commitments of over $300,00 giving 47 Kiwis access to trials over the next 18-24 months.

To arrange an interview, please contact:
Maria De Cort | Senior Communications Advisor | Cancer Society of New Zealand | 021 991 952