Publications discuss future of families in the International Year of the Family

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Families are the corner stone of society, their futures are critical to us all. Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is honoured to have published two prestigious publications providing perspectives, insights and research to ensure the health and wellbeing of families in future. Contributing to the 20th  Anniversary celebrations of the International Year of the Family (IYF) is a major UN landmark [ Continue Reading ]

Ora Nui- Special Edition 2014

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‘A collaboration with the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network, this special edition of Ora Nui celebrates the indigenous identities of the Antipodes.’ The second edition of New Zealand’s Māori literary journal Ora Nui showcases a range of poetry, prose and short fiction from the Indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Read new work from 50 Maori and Aboriginal writers [ Continue Reading ]

RESTORING THE MAURI TO THE PRE- MV RENA STATE

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The grounding of the MV Rena on Ōtāiti, 5 October 2011, had significant environmental impacts that were experienced in anthropocentric terms as impacts upon social, economic and cultural well-being. The Rena Long-term Environmental Recovery Plan goal is to “restore the mauri of the affected environment to its pre-Rena state”. The stated goal of mauri restoration is significant as this positions [ Continue Reading ]

Publication: Delivering Social Services Every Day

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Social services are working more and more collaboratively to deliver services to New Zealanders. This occurs throughout the sector, from frontline NGOs delivering services on behalf of multiple agencies, all the way to agencies and Ministries in Wellington working together to find new solutions. This is based on the recognition that addressing complex social issues is rarely the responsibility [ Continue Reading ]

Funding for Māori Centre of Research Excellence

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A Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) will be funded as part of the Government’s increased investment in research excellence, Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Tariana Turia say. Vote Tertiary Education provides about $5 million a year to establish a Māori-focused CoRE. This will start on 1 January 2016, when the [ Continue Reading ]

Clark Tuagalu on Reciprocity

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Researchers must ensure that the research process should be equal and balanced in the exchange and interaction of gifts, goods and services (HRC, 2004). For instance, researchers could provide opportunities for the participants to increase their knowledge about a subject being researched. Reimbursing the costs of participation in research is another example of demonstrating reciprocity, such as a [ Continue Reading ]

MEASURING MĀORI WELLBEING: A COMMENTARY

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Māori wellbeing is the foundation of Māori development, yet Indigenous peoples (including Māori) are often invisible in universal measures of wellbeing. In 2006 Mason Durie outlined Māori-specific measures of wellbeing, built upon Māori understandings of what constitutes a “good life”. Following Durie this paper describes developments in the culturally responsive measurement of Māori wellbeing. [ Continue Reading ]

MAI Journal 2014: Volume 3 Issue 1

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A new issue of MAI Journal is out. The focus of this Issue is outlined below: This latest issue is composed of five articles, one Commentary and three book reviews. The articles traverse issues concerning environmental impact, Māori wellbeing and research, education in an indigenous tertiary context and mātauranga Māori in the sporting arena. In their article “Restoring the mauri to the pre-MV [ Continue Reading ]

Collection and Governance of Data: Much to Learn

There is an extensive history of research projects with Indigenous communities around the world where the projects were based on Western epistemologies and were neither collaborative, nor community- based.This editorial introduces the International Indigenous Policy Journal's special issue on the governance of Indigenous information. The issue opens a dialog about how data can be collected and [ Continue Reading ]

Te Kupenga: first survey of Māori wellbeing

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Most Māori think their whānau is doing well, according to results May 6th from Statistics New Zealand’s first survey of Māori well-being, Te Kupenga. Results from the survey showed that 83 percent of Māori said their whānau was doing well. It also showed that 89 percent of Māori knew their iwi and 55 percent of Māori had some ability to speak te reo Māori. “The survey results will help give an [ Continue Reading ]