Wellington Seminar | Te Whetu Rēhua: A framework for defining as Māori participation in sport and recreation at a community level


You are invited to attend an Australasian Evaluation Society(AES) award presentation and seminar to the winners of the AES 2013 Best Evaluation Policy & Systems Award - Te Whetu Rēhua: A framework for defining as Māori participation in sport and recreation at a community level. Wednesday 20 November, 12pm to 1pm Community Research Level 16, 171 Featherston Street Wellington (Same floor [ Continue Reading ]

Pacific Families, Disability, and Whānau Ora Research #2

Disability at a Glance 2012

“Pacific disabled peoples and their families can live in their home and take part in their community in the same way other New Zealanders do” (Vision, Faiva Ora, Ministry of Health, 2010, p.3). In 2008 a report was published by the Ministry of Health on Pacific People’s experience of disability, as a background paper for the review of the Pacific Health and Disability Action Plan. It provides [ Continue Reading ]

Pacific Families, Disability, and Whānau Ora Research #1

Le Va Pasifika within Te Pou1

“Independence is particularly important for Pacific people with disabilities, who, while valuing their important relationships with family caregivers, also want to be able to participate independently in society” (Ministry of Health, 2010, p.4). In 2010 the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs published their strategic plan for the health of Pacific peoples, ‘Ala Mo’ui: [ Continue Reading ]

Indigenous Pathways into Social Research


"A new generation of indigenous researchers is taking its place in the world of social research in increasing numbers. These scholars provide new insights into communities under the research gaze and offer new ways of knowing to traditional scholarly models. They also move the research community toward more sensitive and collaborative practices. But it comes at a cost. Many in this generation have [ Continue Reading ]

Additional $8m over four years for E Tu Whānau

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Associate Minister for Social Development Tariana Turia has announced an additional $8m over four years for the E Tu Whānau programme, as part of the Budget. This is to help address family violence within Māori whānau, Pasifika, migrant and refugee communities. Minister Turia said, “Māori are over-represented in family violence statistics, both as victims and as perpetrators. To achieve [ Continue Reading ]

Looking forward to the release of the 2013 Census data


My name is Peter Himona. I work as a data analyst for the Māori Health Business Unit in the Ministry of Health. I'm looking forward to finding out what has happened to New Zealand's population when the 2013 census figures are released by Statistics New Zealand on 3 December 2013. What is our population now, how much has it grown by, what's happen in Wairarapa, have the Māori populations of DHBs [ Continue Reading ]

Transport patterns and Whānau Ora

Transport patterns and Whānau Ora

A 2012 study by researchers at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences explored the relationship between current transport patterns and the wellbeing of urban Māori. Kimiora Raerino, Alexandra Macmillan and Rhys Jones conducted qualitative Kaupapa Māori research, interviewing 19 Māori stakeholders in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and analyzing their talk [ Continue Reading ]

Engaging Evaluation Stakeholders

Next week I'm meeting with a group of stakeholders to begin the planning for the evaluation of an initiative. These will mostly be new working relationships for me, as I haven’t worked with or even met many of the stakeholders before. So it’s timely that I give some thought to what I need to tell them about me and how I work, and what I need to know about them and the way they want to be worked [ Continue Reading ]

Introducing the Writer’s Toolkit resource


Starting in May 2013 Fiona Cram began contributing some hints and tips to get people writing. Below are links to the current Toolkit postings. 1. Four elements of effective storytelling In December 2012 I attended the 28th International Papillomavirus Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was there as part of a panel presenting on the personal and public benefits of prioritising Indigenous [ Continue Reading ]

Writer’s Toolkit #5: Getting content-ment


In the last writer’s toolkit post I talked about using a Hollywood drama writing process to draft up an abstract for a report or proposal or any other piece of writing you may be tackling. The idea of getting an abstract, or short summary, written is to clarify what it is that you’ll be writing about. This will help you stay focused. This post is about turning that abstract into a table of [ Continue Reading ]