Talking with Shaun Ackroyd


Shaun Ackroyd  has been involved in research and evaluation  for over thirteen years, and has been working independently for the past eight years. Originally from Gisborne, Shaun is currently based in Wellington and is working as project manager for Takitini -- a Whānau Ora action research collective. The Takitini collective is comprised of 16 Māori and Pasifika researchers and evaluators working [ Continue Reading ]

Media Advisory: Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies to be announced next year


Hon Tariana Turia Minister for Whānau Ora Minister of Whānau Ora Tariana Turia said on the 19th of this month that a decision on the commissioning agencies for Whānau Ora will be announced in the new year. Earlier this year the Minister announced the new model for the future delivery of Whānau Ora which will see the establishment of three Non-Government Organisation (NGOs) commissioning [ Continue Reading ]

Media Release: Change of Governance Proposed in Māori Language Strategy

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Strengthening the focus on whānau, hapū and iwi, and consolidating Māori leadership, are the key principles underpinning the proposed new Māori Language Strategy which the Minister of Māori Affairs, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, has released Monday the 16th of December for consultation with Māori language stakeholders. “Te reo Māori is the cornerstone of our Māori culture and identity. We must look to [ Continue Reading ]

The first Conference of the American Indigenous Research Association was held at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Pablo, Montana on October 11-12, 2013.


Over 200 people attended which included people from across the United States and Canada, including our own Fiona Cram from Aotearoa. The American indigenous Research Association works to foster the growth of culturally aware research methodologies. It also works to promote research done within an Indigenous context by Indigenous peoples and for the promotion of Indigenous peoples’ growth and [ Continue Reading ]

Community-based Participatory Research to Address Childhood Obesity: Experiences from Alexander First Nation in Canada

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Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an evidence-based approach that can guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of childhood obesity prevention initiatives at the community level. The goal of this paper is to describe the CBPR process and resulting experiences from a childhood obesity prevention study in Alexander First Nation, Alberta, Canada. University-based [ Continue Reading ]

GEDI Week: Nnenia Campell and Saúl Maldonado on Amplifying Definitions of Diversity in the Discourse and Practice of Culturally Responsive Evaluation


Posted by John LaVelle in Graduate Student and New Evaluators, Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Nnenia Campbell and Saύl Maldonado, recent graduates from the American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Diversity Education Internship programme, talk on what they have gained from this programme and how they have come to understand that “definitions of diversity require amplification.” This [ Continue Reading ]

He Manu Hou: The Transition of Māori Students into Māori Studies

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There are many known factors that can help or hinder Indigenous students undertaking tertiary study, but little is known about how Māori students experience Māori studies courses specifically. Against the backdrop of low Māori student retention in universities and the short history of Māori studies as a field of study, this article shares findings from a thematic analysis of interviews with Māori [ Continue Reading ]