Ka Whānau Mai Te Reo: Honouring Whānau Upholding Reo Māori

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Written by  Nicola Bright, Alex Barnes and Jessica Hutchings This study is part of an on-going project of revitalisating  reo Māori (Māori language) within the schooling system, the home, and Aotearoa New Zealand society. “This is the first report from a 3-year (2012–2015) Kaupapa Māori research project that investigates how best to support the continuity of reo Māori development of whānau as [ Continue Reading ]

Investing In Our Nation’s Kids: Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand.

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As New Zealanders we like to believe our country is a great place for children. Poverty is a real and widespread issue within New Zealand. As many as 25 percent of New Zealand’s children – about 270,000 – currently live in poverty. That is one in every four children. That is enough children to fill Auckland’s Eden Park five times over. Child poverty is extremely costly. For individual children, [ Continue Reading ]

Connecting Education and Communities – two opportunities to share learning and inspiration

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As part of our efforts to make a difference for disadvantaged children and their families, the J R McKenzie Trust supports work that engages parents, families and whānau in their children’s learning, to achieve better educational outcomes for children.  We call this work Connecting Education and Communities. Resources We know that lots of early child hood centres, kohanga reo, schools and [ Continue Reading ]

Talking with Kirimatao Paipa

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“We’re in a strong space as researchers and evaluators to help the real work that’s going on on the ground. Evaluation on its own is not a means to an end, it’s a mechanism to help and support the real work [which is what is happening through these community organisations]…..What brings us to this work is that if we forget about those people then we become part of the problem.” Kirimatao Paipa [ Continue Reading ]

Wellington Seminar | Te Whetu Rēhua: A framework for defining as Māori participation in sport and recreation at a community level

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You are invited to attend an Australasian Evaluation Society(AES) award presentation and seminar to the winners of the AES 2013 Best Evaluation Policy & Systems Award - Te Whetu Rēhua: A framework for defining as Māori participation in sport and recreation at a community level. Wednesday 20 November, 12pm to 1pm Community Research Level 16, 171 Featherston Street Wellington (Same floor [ Continue Reading ]

Evaluation of the Whānau Ora Wellbeing Service of Te Whakaruruhau

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Māori and Psychology research Unit at the University of Waikato recently conducted an evaluation of the Whānau Ora, Wellbeing Service of Te Whakaruruhau, 20th July 2013. Neville Robertson, Bridgette Masters, Catherine Lane, Ann Tapara, Catherine Corbett, Rebekah Graham, Jessica Gosche, Ayla Jenkins & Thea King, This paper looks at a programme which provides support to women and children who [ Continue Reading ]

Meaningful Engagement

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Research with Pacific peoples is not a short term exercise as The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC, 2004) has reported: “Meaningful engagement goes beyond consultation, to forming a relationship that is sustained and maintained, on-going and deepening” (p. 21). An example of how this can be established is that capability skills can be built within the community group by including them [ Continue Reading ]

Away from Home

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A Photovoice Exploration of the Lived Experiences of a Small Group of Aboriginal Adolescent Girls Living Away from their Home Communities This paper discusses how a small group of Aboriginal/Indigenous adolescent girls, living away from their home communities and/or families, understood their lived experiences. These experiences were explored with photovoice, a participatory action research [ Continue Reading ]

Talking with Kataraina Pipi Part-2

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“Imagine all of your aunties and uncles on a marae doing a plan [for their collective development]. Different ideas, different perspectives, whānau dynamics and four/ five hours together really dreaming about the future. Some whānau have never dreamed before.” Kataraina Pipi is an Auckland based independent evaluator. She works as a researcher and facilitator, and has over 15 years experience [ Continue Reading ]