E Toru Ngā Mea


It is widely recognized that a capable and competent Māori health workforce is central to improving health outcomes for Māori. However, little attention has been paid to the development of indigenous health practitioners as specialists in their own right. Huarahi Whakatū is the only Nursing Council accredited Professional Development Recognition Program focused specifically on the needs of Māori [ Continue Reading ]

E Tu Whānau

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E Tu Whānau has been developed by the Māori Reference Group for the Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families (MRG) and it belongs to everyone. Still in its early stage of development, the idea is that the site will work as a hub for people to share their stories and learn from others. E Tu Whānau nurtures and celebrates: Te Ao Māori taking responsibility and action to create [ Continue Reading ]

Conference Attendance Grants


Applications are now open for grants to budding researchers who wish to share their research at National and or International level through a conference forum. There are 10 grants worth up to $3,500 each. Round Duration: 17 February, 2014 - 01 April, 2014 Criteria: For Māori or indigenous researchers who are either students or newly-established researchers.All Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga [ Continue Reading ]

An invitation for feedback on the Whanau Ora Research Website


Kia Ora Koutou, We from the Whānau Ora Research website team are looking to hear feedback from you on the website and what your experience has been with us. The Survey will only take a couple of minutes, please follow the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LYXBLC9 [ Continue Reading ]

What do you know about…?

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Recently I was on my way to a community research hui (meeting) with some colleagues and we got talking about how change happens for people, including for whānau (Māori families) and communities. In this particular instance our focus was on how public health people can influence and support people to change their lifestyles to include healthier eating and exercising habits. I happened to mention [ Continue Reading ]

Whānau Ora action research is providing tangible evidence of transformation following whānau planning and engagement.

Action research– as part of the wider measurement activity for the Whānau Ora approach– is focused on providing evidence of provider practice, developing improved whānau -centred service delivery and the impact on whānau. The key research question is ‘how could agencies and providers most usefully contribute to best outcomes for whānau?’ The action research process requires researchers to work [ Continue Reading ]

Writer’s Toolkit #7: Providing Directions for Readers

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I’ve talked in previous toolkit posts about getting a focus for your writing and using tools like the SmartArt tool in Microsoft Word to figure out a layout or map of the topics and sub-topics you’ll cover in your writing of a report or section of a report (e.g., methodology). In this post I talk about how to use this focus and map to spell out clearly for readers where they’re being taken by your [ Continue Reading ]

Tamakaiwānanga – Māori Boys at Secondary School: A qualitative study of Māori boys’ motivation and engagement in NCEA Level 1


This paper looks at the experiences that Māori male rangatahi have had within the education system and with NCEA Level 1. The research was commissioned by Te Puni Kōkiri in order to gauge an understanding of what aids and what hinders educational achievement for young Māori men. The objectives of the research are to:  identify barriers that contribute to disproportionate numbers of [ Continue Reading ]

Consultation on the proposed Māori Language Strategy

(From the Te Puni Kōkiri website) Consultation hui on the proposed new Māori Language Strategy will take place between 10 – 21 February 2014, announced Māori Affairs Minister, Dr. Pita Sharples. Dr. Sharples said, “Te Reo Māori is unique to us in Aotearoa. It’s the indigenous language of this place, and in the lead up to Waitangi Day it’s important to remember our collective responsibility to [ Continue Reading ]

Tino Rangatiratanga:How Self-determination Can Heal a Broken Village


Inspired by the high rate of child abuse in this country. This is a valuable resource, by Barbara Gilbert,  for all those wanting to understand the link between In-determination and self-determination, violence and abuse, and the breakdown the the whānau/family unit. It offers a perspective of individual responsibility and accountability and village responsibility and accountability, and if [ Continue Reading ]