Defining As Māori participation in sport and recreation – in the He Oranga Poutama programme context


He Oranga Poutama is a Sport NZ initiative that supports Māori well-being through sport and recreation. In 2009, the programme evolved from a focus on increasing the participation by Māori in sport, to one of participating and leading as Māori in sport and traditional physical recreation at community level.  This shift in direction to an as Māori focus signalled that Sport NZ recognised the [ Continue Reading ]

New Research examines the significance of Whānau Ora policy


In new research published this week, the significance of New Zealand’s Whānau Ora policy is examined. The analysis appears in the latest issue of MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, published by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Dr Amohia Boulton, Jennifer Tamehana and Dr Tula Brannelly in their paper titled “Whānau-centred health and social service delivery in New Zealand” [ Continue Reading ]

Why Pacific Research?

Clark Tuagalu

There are three key reasons why research with Pacific peoples should incorporate Pacific methods. First, Pacific research is an alternative way of thinking about how research could be conducted within a culturally appropriately framework. As Fredericks (2007) points out: The enacting of our rights within the realms of research includes visioning and voicing what we think, what we need and what [ Continue Reading ]