Talking with Tania Hodges

Tania Hodges

 I recently had the opportunity to talk with Tania Hodges (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Haua and Ngāti Tūwharetoa), the Managing Director of the company Digital Indigenous. Tania also holds several governance positions including co-chair for the Waikato Whānau Ora Regional Leadership Group. We talked about her involvement with the Titoko o Te Ao Leadership in Action in Whānau Ora [ Continue Reading ]

E Rua Ngā Tūru – A presentation on Evaluation


Presentation by Fiona Cram at Murihiku Marae Māori Health Symposium, Invercargill, Friday 31 May 2013, and at the Whānau Ora – Whānau Rangatiratanga Kaimahi Hui, Copthorne Bay of Islands Hotel & Resort, Waitangi, 14 June 2013. Synopsis: This presentation explores how causal inferences can be drawn from a 'natural experiment', like Whānau Ora. I talk generally about health interventions and a [ Continue Reading ]

Writer’s Toolkit #6: Methodology


In my fifth writer’s toolkit post I set out a plan for writing an introduction for a research report after initially developing my abstract to both guide and focus my writing. In this post I use the same SmartArt tool in Microsoft Word to think through the layout of a methodology section for the same research report. The difference between methodology and method was explored in a recent news post [ Continue Reading ]

Spirituality as Decolonizing


Spirituality as Decolonizing: Elders Albert Desjarlais, George McDermott, and Tom McCallum Share Understandings of Life in Healing Practices Judy Iseke This paper looks at the importance of story and maintaining a connection to tradition within a Canadian indigenous context. “Indigenous peoples have begun a process of reasserting traditional knowledges and examining how it can be useful to the [ Continue Reading ]

Māori Research Position Available at Te Atawhai o Te Ora

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Te Atawhai O te Ao : Independent Māori institute for environment and health are looking to employ a full-time researcher. This is a great opportunity to work with Kaupapa Māori Researchers on a national research project. The successful applicant will have a pivotal research role within this project.  The skills required for these positions are: competency in Te Reo Māori, mid‐level research and [ Continue Reading ]

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award


  Fulbright New Zealand and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence, call for applications to the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award. This award, valued at up to US$37,500, is for a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to conduct research and/or lecture in the US for three to five months in a field of indigenous [ Continue Reading ]

Te Ahi Kaa – Keeping our Marae Safe from Fire

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In September 2005, fire damaged the dining room, Ngaparetaihinu, at Tukorehe Marae, Kuku, Horowhenua. With the support of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission, Te Iwi o Ngāti Tukorehe Trust undertook research with whānau within the area. “What is the potential contribution of cultural identity and well-being to the development of marae fire safety culture and plan?,” was one of the key research [ Continue Reading ]

INZONE for Academic achievement


Native Affairs recently filmed a piece on the Inzone Project, which is a project that looks at establishing a means for  young Māori and Pasifika boys who are living beyond the zone limits to get a good quality education at Auckland Boys Grammar. The project was begun in 2011 by Terrance Wallace, an African American man who wished to establish a means by  which young Māori and Pasifika boys could [ Continue Reading ]

Whakauae: Research for Māori health and development

Whakauae was established in Whanganui by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti in 2005, with Dr Heather Gifford as Research Director. Whakauae’s mission is: “To assist Māori to reach their potential by sustainably delivering Māori research founded on academic and research excellence, and mātauranga Māori, in a way that brings together Ngāti Hauiti interests, with the interests of Māori in general.” Whakauae [ Continue Reading ]

Pacific Research Methodology

Punapuna a manu fou, To begin heartily and finish weakly.   (Samoan proverb) In my last post I presented the principle of respect which includes feeding the results of  research back to the community. However, my recent experience reminded me that it is not enough to feedback the findings from the report at the end of the research project; from the outset, researchers/report writers [ Continue Reading ]