He Kokonga Whare Writers Fellowship Awards 2014, Application

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We are inviting applications from Maori Writers, for 4 Writers Fellowship Awards. These Fellowships will be awarded for writing to be done in association with the He Kokonga Whare Programme Leaders, and have a value of up to $15,000.00 each. The overall objective of the Writers Fellowship is to support and contribute to the ‘He Kokonga Whare Research Programme’, which focuses on the topic of Maori [ Continue Reading ]

Māori kuia in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Perceptions of Marae and How Marae Affects their Health

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This article reports and discusses the perceptions that Kuia (older Māori female or grandmother) have of their health and, how their connections to marae (place and space, often consisting of a collection of buildings and in many instances considered to be the physical embodiment of ancestors) influence these perceptions. The research was undertaken and driven by a group of Māori communities [ Continue Reading ]

Claiming Interstitial Space for Multicultural, Transdisciplinary Research Through Community – up Values


Fiona Cram, Katoa Ltd, Auckland.  Hazel Phillips, Independent Consultant, Wellington. Published in 2012 in the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, this paper looks at, The development of Māori (Indigenous New Zealanders) research capacity over the past 20 years now begs the question of how Māori and Tauiwi (non-Māori) researchers might authentically partner and undertake [ Continue Reading ]

Ngā pou wāhine: A framework of empowerment for Māori women and gambling misuse

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Ngā Pou Wāhine is a culturally embedded mana wāhine framework that addresses the complexity of Māori women’s gambling experiences, and provides an empowering process for behavioural change to regain their power and status. A key element of Ngā Pou Wāhine is the potential to encapsulate and endorse women’s stories by drawing on te ao Māori to facilitate analyses of Māori women’s gambling and their [ Continue Reading ]

(Re)Positioning the Indigenous Academic Researcher: A Journey of Critical Reflexive Understanding and Storytelling

This article aims to explore, (de)construct, (re)affirm and (re)position my experiences in Indigenous-centred research through an Indigenous lens. Specifically, I look to highlight my experiences as a fourth-year undergraduate student who undertook a two-month Indigenous-centred research journey in Peru. This writing is an examination of my research processes to determine if I was able to maintain [ Continue Reading ]

Including Decolonization in Social Work Education and Practice 


This paper, written by Andrea Tamburro (Indiana University North West), looks at how and why the field of social services needs to have a strong knowledge basis of the effects that colonialism has had on Indigenous peoples. This is necessary  in order to provide supportive and effective services. Social service providers must support the recovery of Indigenous peoples from the effects of [ Continue Reading ]

2014 Indigenous Development Conference announced


The 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference will be held at the University of Auckland this year, from the 25th -28th of November. Hosted by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, this year’s conference will focus on three themes: Optimising Indigenous Economic Well-being - addressing issues, needs and opportunities arising in indigenous communities leading to increased economic [ Continue Reading ]

Whānau Ora; He Whakaaro Ā Whānau: Māori Family Views of Family Wellbeing


Written by Amohia F. Boulton and Heather H. Gifford,  this article presents the findings from two studies that investigated the concept of whānau ora (family wellbeing): One examined the nature of resilience for Māori whānau and how resilience relates to whānau ora; while the second investigated the impact of the Working for Families policy on Māori families’ perceptions of whānau ora. In each [ Continue Reading ]