Turia to leave, Whānau Ora to stay on

Tariana-Turia-Te-Anga-Mua-Whanau Ora Seminar 2012

The Minister for Whānau Ora, Hon Tariana Turia, has announced that she won't be standing in the next election. Her decision to retire, made with her own whānau, is based on her belief that both the Māori Party and Whānau Ora are now strong enough to live on without her. No-one should be indispensable to an organistion, political party, or policy initiative so Minister Turia is to be applauded [ Continue Reading ]

Whānau Ora potential to lift children and their whānau out of poverty

Child Poverty in New Zealand

This week the Children's Commissioner published 'Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for action', a report from the Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. I was privileged to be a member of this Expert Advisory Group and to offer my two-cents worth of input into the discussion about how we as a country might better honour our duty of care to children. [ Continue Reading ]

Undertaking Whānau Ora Research with whānau collectives

Sir Mason Durie Te Anga Mua Seminar 2012

He mini mahana ki a kōutou i te wiki nei. My post last week gave a brief introduction to the Community-Up Approach to Defining Research Conduct. This approach was recently used by Vivienne Kennedy (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Porou) and me to think through an ethical approach for undertaking research with whānau collectives. Why collectives you may ask (and if you didn't, I'll tell you [ Continue Reading ]

What is good community- and whānau-based research?

Ruth To'omua Whanau Ora Seminar Te Anga Mua

The afternoon panel session at the Te Anga Mua Seminar showcased responses to the question of what is good community- and whānau-based research. Trisha Young, Tracey Wright-Tawha, Invercargill Te Poha Oranga - Kaupapa Māori Service Delivery The speakers represent two Māori providers wanting to deliver services to whānau who were wanting a one-stop shop. They offer different services (health [ Continue Reading ]

Whānau Stories a highlight of Te Anga Mua Seminar

Kim Whaanga and Manny Kipa

One of the highlights of the recent Te Anga Mua seminar was the presentations by whānau.  Here is a quick selection of their feedback. Kim Whaanga-Kipa & Kipa Whānau A Whānau recovery story Kim gave us a WEII fund korero about using the PATH planning process introduced to them by Kataraina Pipi. Graphics used in the PATH mean that whānau don't have to be able to read or write to be [ Continue Reading ]

Te Anga Mua Seminar launched by the Hon Tariana Turia

Tariana Turia at Whanau Ora Seminar Te Anag Mua

The Te Anga Mua Whānau Ora Research Seminar began just after 9am on 23 November 2012 with a mihi whakatau (welcome). The day was acknowledged as the third day of dialogue about Whānau Ora, with this hui following on from a two-day provider hui called by the Hon Tariana Turia, Minister of Whānau Ora. MC for the day, Kataraina Pipi, introduced the Minister, the Hon Tariana Turia, who then spoke [ Continue Reading ]

Conducting research with whānau

The 'Patch' for Whanau Ora

Tēnā koutou katoa. He mihi mahana ki a koutou. Ko wai ahau? Ko Mohaka te awa, ko Tawhirirangi te maunga, ko Ngāti Pahauwera te Iwi. Ko Fiona Cram tōku ingoa. He kairangahau hauora Māori ahau. My greetings to you. My name is Fiona Cram and I'm a researcher and evaluator doing work related to Māori health and wellbeing, including whānau ora. I run a small company, Katoa Ltd, and we do [ Continue Reading ]