At conference in 1991 the need for a bicultural research group, Te Ropu Rangahau Tikanga Rua, within the Education Department of the University of Otago was detailed (Bishop 1991). The kaupapa of this group was to be the development of emancipatory (empowering) research, under the control of Maori people for the betterment of Maori people. Since then a number of projects under this kaupapa have been initiated. Among these projects are student research practicum. This paper investigates the development of student research within this kaupapa, and gives examples of research undertaken by students.