What messages are in the tuakana –teina pedagogy for tertiary educators?

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With vocation level programmes of the tertiary sector in Aotearoa New Zealand entering a new era of strategic visioning, one of the aims for educators is to seek ways to improve the educational engagement and success of Māori learners. Revitalising Māori teaching and learning pedagogies, like the tuakana–teina pedagogy, has been touted as a positive strategy for educators to achieve such [ Continue Reading ]

“Closing the gaps”


New Zealand is still wasting its "demographic dividend" of young Māori and Pacific people reaching working age, as investments in health and education fail to flow through into highly paid jobs. That's the conclusion Waikato University demographer Dr Tahu Kukutai draws from data showing that Māori and Pacific incomes still show no trend towards catching up with higher-paid Europeans, and that [ Continue Reading ]

Photovoice: Giving Voice to Indigenous Youth

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A paper by Derek Jennings and John Lowe Children’s voices and their perceptions of healthy behaviours have been argued as critical for understanding health policy and program design that affect them (Mcwhirter et al., 2000; Nic Gabhainn and Sixsmith, 2006). This study was conducted to elucidate and define the concept of health among Indigenous children in their own dynamic environment, which [ Continue Reading ]

Talking with Amohia Boulton


“..when you’re working at a University institution you can say that you are doing research on behalf of Maori but the University can also protect you quite a bit. What I like about where we are now is that we’re directly accountable to the people that we say we work for.” Recently I got to talking with Amohia Boulton about her work within the Māori research arena, what drives her in that work and [ Continue Reading ]

Supporting Successful Transitions to Post-Secondary Education for Indigenous Students: Lessons from an Institutional Ethnography in Ontario, Canada

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A paper by Jean-Paul Restoule and Angela Mashford-Pringle of the University of Toronto,  et al. This study examines some of the ways institutional policies and practices can support or hinder the successful transition to post-secondary education for Indigenous people. Tracing the path from Indigenous high school student to post-secondary education applicant and utilizing knowledge gained from [ Continue Reading ]

Taking Action: What you can do to support Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga

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The recent decision to not short-list  Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga for continued funding has been met with a lot of confusion and anger within the community. Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga is the only current Māori Centre of Research Excellence, the change in funding presents a barrier to the progression of Māori centred research within Aotearoa. In a piece from Te Wharepora Hou, Dr Leonie Pihama and [ Continue Reading ]

Report on the Performance of General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives


A recent report by the Ministry of Health on the performance of different Whanau ora Collectives,  suggests a degree of growing improvement which is encouraging given the areas of concern for which Whānau Ora is focused. The report states, The results are encouraging, considering the proportion of high-needs patients enrolled with Whānau Ora general practices is 61.2 percent, compared to 26.5 [ Continue Reading ]

Community-University Research Liaisons: Translating the Languages of Research and Culture

Abstract This article describes the experiences of six individuals employed as community-university research liaisons in a grant-funded centre for health disparities research. The liaisons were located in Native American communities and bridged the communities and the university, providing information between these groups, expanding understanding and knowledge of how research can address health [ Continue Reading ]

Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood Perspectives of First Nation Women

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This paper, written by Rachel Eni (University of ManitobaFollow) andWanda Phillips-Beck , summarizes a study that explored perspectives of Manitoba First Nation women on teenage pregnancy and parenthood in Canada. Data was derived through a qualitative methodology focusing on a life storytelling approach within a culturally informed framework and setting. The two main objectives of the study were [ Continue Reading ]

Stop marginalising Māori research


The Māori Party is shocked and disappointed that the only Māori Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has had its bid for continued funding post 2015 turned down, and say it is a significant loss to the Māori research sector. “The decision not to renew funding to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is a slap in the face to Māori research and researchers and is a clear sign that Government [ Continue Reading ]