Researcher Stories

Talking with

A collection of interviews with different researchers from all over New Zealand. They share their experiences and wisdom of what it means to be working within a Whānau Ora context.

Kataraina Pipi - Whānau OraTalking with Kataraina Pipi part 1

Kataraina Pipi, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine, has been working in the field of research and evaluation for more than fifteen years. She is currently based in Auckland running  independent company (FEM 2006 Ltd) which specialises in providing facilitation, evaluative, research and promoting Māori music services. She is well known for her use of the PATH tool (Planning Alternate Tomorrows with Hope) in working with community and whānau groups.

Talking with Kataraina Pipi part 2

“Imagine all of your aunties and uncles on a marae doing a plan [for their collective development]. Different ideas, different perspectives, whānau dynamics and four/ five hours together really dreaming about the future. Some whānau have never dreamed before.”

Talking with Kirimatao Paipa

kiriKirimatao Paipa has been doing research and evaluation for the past ten years, with a primary focus on Kaupapa Māori. She is currently based in Auckland and is working as an action researcher with three Whānau Ora collectives in Auckland and Hawke’s Bay. The collectives provide social services to both Māori and Pasifika, through different initiatives and services.


Talking with Shaun Ackroyd

s_akroydShaun Ackroyd  has been involved in research and evaluation  for over thirteen years, and has been working independently for the past eight years. Originally from Gisborne, Shaun is currently based in Wellington and is working as project manager for Takitini — a Whānau Ora action research collective.



Talking with Amohia Boulton part 1

AB2Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga) is a Senior Researcher and Associate Director at Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, a small tribally-owned and mandated Iwi research centre based in Whanganui. “Owned by the Iwi of Ngāti Hauiti, the centre’s mission is to successfully lead and deliver Iwi-based research founded on academic excellence, mātauranga Māori and strong relationships with Iwi, in a manner that effectively amplifies the potential of all Māori”(Whakauae Research Services Ltd, 2013).



Talking with Amohia Boulton part 2

Communities have been asked to do a huge thing, turn around years of being delivered to without having any voice and we’re asking, in a very short space of time, for that system to be flipped on its head and then immediately see outcomes from that. I think that’s naïve to think that will happen [in a short space of time] and I think it’s naïve to think that will happen without commitment at all levels of government, from all sectors of government.”



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