What are the issues about food with whānau?

Biggest issues with food

According to the United Nations, food is a basic human right. Article 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that 'Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food…" Understanding more about what is happening for whānau will inform initiatives that ensure their right to food is upheld. In 2010 I [ Continue Reading ]

Turia to leave, Whānau Ora to stay on

Tariana-Turia-Te-Anga-Mua-Whanau Ora Seminar 2012

The Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia, has announced that she won't be standing in the next election. Her decision to retire, made with her own whānau, is based on her belief that both the Māori Party and Whānau Ora are now strong enough to live on without her. No-one should be indispensable to an organistion, political party, or policy initiative so Minister Turia is to be applauded [ Continue Reading ]

Whānau Ora potential to lift children and their whānau out of poverty

Child Poverty in New Zealand

This week the Children's Commissioner published 'Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for action', a report from the Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. I was privileged to be a member of this Expert Advisory Group and to offer my two-cents worth of input into the discussion about how we as a country might better honour our duty of care to children. [ Continue Reading ]

Undertaking Whānau Ora Research with whānau collectives

Sir Mason Durie Te Anga Mua Seminar 2012

He mini mahana ki a kōutou i te wiki nei. My post last week gave a brief introduction to the Community-Up Approach to Defining Research Conduct. This approach was recently used by Vivienne Kennedy (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou) and me to think through an ethical approach for undertaking research with whānau collectives. Why collectives you may ask (and if you didn't, I'll tell you [ Continue Reading ]