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The News and musings from the yards, barrel halls and tasting panels, and from on the road traveled between.

Nga Pakiaka Morehu o te Whānau

This initiative aimed to increase awareness amongst ahi kā whānau of their historical roles and responsibilities as kaitiaki, whilst at the same time contributing to whanaungatanga within Rangitāne whānau, hapū and iwi. Key project activities centred around a series of storytelling wānanga on various cultural and spiritual sites that are integral to Rangitāne identity. Resources developed through this initiative have

Measuring the Economic Impact of Whānau Ora Programmes: He Toki ki te Mahi Case Study

Research to improve decisions and outcomes in business, resource and environmental issues. The Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) operates at Lincoln University, providing research expertise for a wide range of international, national and local organisations. AERU research focuses on business, resource and environmental issues. The Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) has four main areas of focus. These areas

Whānau Ora Navigators Initial Research for Te Putahitanga O Te Waipounamu

Whānau Ora Navigators work with whānau and families to identify their needs and aspirations, support their participation in core sectors such as housing, education, primary health and employment and link and coordinate access to specialist services. They have been identified as ‘key drivers’ in the Whānau Ora system (Gifford & Boulton, 2014). Most importantly, Navigators are instrumental in consolidating links

Whānau Wananga – PS Haitama Whānau Trust

The purpose of this initiative was to create a whānau strategy to support re-connection and healing for a whānau that had endured intergenerational harm and trauma. The PS Haitana Whānau Trust members knew their extended whānau, particularly rangatahi, were experiencing continued harm and disconnection and sought to create a healing process of ongoing strength and cultural connection. The wānanga provided

Capability Development Model

Te Taumata, the iwi representative board of Te Pūtahitanga mandated a capability development model of commissioning. This type of model closely aligns with Māori values whilst also being an economically efficient model, capable of generating long term transformative change with a lower investment than traditional service delivery. Capability development is preventative rather than service delivery which is reactive.

Progressive Thinking: Ten Possible Futures for Public & Community Services

While the COVID-19 crisis has reminded us of how underprepared the world was to detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases, it simultaneously revealed how well placed, and effective institutions in Te Ao Māori are in being able to react decisively and positively on behalf of their people. While Government leaders remain focused on navigating the current crisis, we argue

Kaupapa Māori and the PATH research tool in a post- colonial indigenous context

Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) is a visual facilitation tool that is used to make strategic plans with whānau and service providers throughout Aotearoa. In this project supported with funding by Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga we use a case study methodology to examine how effective the PATH process is in a Māori context, and if so what aspects

Whānau Ora action research: Evidence of transformation following whānau planning and engagement.

Action research – as part of the wider measurement activity for the Whānau Ora approach – is focused on providing evidence of provider practice, developing improved whānau-centred service delivery and the impact on whānau. The key research question is ‘how could agencies and providers most usefully contribute to best outcomes for whānau?’

Tino Rangatiratanga: How Self-determination Can Heal a Broken Village

This is a powerpoint presentation and resource to understand the link between In-determination and self-determination, violence and abuse, and the breakdown and recovery of the whanau/family unit.

Whānau Ora: What does it mean in practice?

Power point Presentation by Heather Gifford.  A power point explanation of  whanau ora.

Ka whānau mai te reo: Honouring Whānau, Upholding Reo Māori

This is the first report from a 3-year (2012–2015) kaupapa Māori research project that investigates how best to support the continuity of reo Māori development of whānau as they transition between kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa primary, wharekura, secondary and beyond. It aims to provide useful information about the reo Māori education options that are most likely to help whānau achieve

E Rua Ngā Tūru – Attributing causation in Whānau Ora

This presentation explores how causal inferences can be drawn from a ‘natural experiment’, like Whānau Ora. I talk generally about health interventions and a little about the Whānau Ora initiative, and how we might evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions for Māori. I also talk about two chairs, to illustrate what a controlled experiment and what a natural experiment look

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