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Two Maori scholars are among the 10 early ­to mid-career researchers that have been awarded this year’s Rutherford Discovery Fellowships.

Each fellow gets $800,000 over five years to support their work, with the aim to help them establish a track record for future research leadership.

University of Auckland associate professor Claire Charters, who has Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi, and Tainui whakapapa, will look at examples around the globe that may help New Zealand come up with better constitutional recognition of Maori rights and interests.

Another University of Auckland associate professor, Melinda Webber of Ngapuhi and Ngati Whakaue, will focus on five iwi groups to identify how Maori and iwi measure success.

Dr Webber is the director of the Starpath Project which aims to put Maori, Pacific and students from low socio-economic communities on the path to tertiary study.

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