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Ngā Hua a Tāne Rore | The Benefits of Kapa Haka

The purpose of this scoping project, commissioned by Te Manatū Taonga and Te Matatini, was to identify a research approach and develop a programme of potential research that will enable these two organisations and other interested stakeholders to further investigate the cultural, educational, social, health and economic benefits that Kapa Haka offers to communities throughout Aotearoa and gain a better understanding of the contribution Kapa Haka makes to NZ Society.

Te Matataua o Te Reo 

This research project was commissioned by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.  The objectives of the research were to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders (individuals and groups who are actively involved with te reo Māori revitalisation and regeneration); and to identify their particular research/knowledge needs, interests and priorities in relation to te reo Māori regeneration and revitalisation, as well as their current research activities and access to resources.  This information will be used to inform the development of a National Research Agenda for the Regeneration and Revitalisation of te Reo Māori, which will be posted on the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website as a resource for Māori language communities and those involved in Māori language revitalisation initiatives and research.

Te Hau Mihi Ata: Mātauranga Māori, Science & Biotechnology

This project explores ways to link mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge traditions) and western science and technology to tap the potential for innovative thinking that could shape new directions in science.  A collaborative research team of Māori educated in western-based science, and experts in mātauranga Māori, who have been led by Professor Linda Smith, is focusing on novel biotechnologies where there is a clear divergence of views, but where transformational thinking has the potential to deliver innovation. The expectation is that by working together, Māori scientists and mātauranga Māori knowledge holders will create new knowledge that can be used for wealth creation, as well as delivering social, cultural and environmental benefits.  This project is being funded over four years by the Ministry for Science and Innovation.

Strategic Step Change: Māori entities in the science sector

The aim of this project is to look at existing examples of engagement between Māori entities and the science sector to determine where the obstacles are and the means of correcting or preventing them. Our objective is to explore what strategies have been used by Māori entities to deal with the dilemma caused by this misalignment, and how these strategies have potentially changed the rules of engagement and contributed to the growth and development of the entities.  This collaborative project between BERL and Te Kotahi Research Institute is funded by Te Puni Kōkiri.  

The role of resiliency in enhancing health and well-being in indigenous communities

This international Indigenous collaboration across Australia, New Zealand and Canada has explored resistance and resilience; the ways in which indigenous communities use their strengths to protect themselves and enhance their health and well-being in relation to blood-borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmitted intections (STI’s).  The project has used Indigenous and interdisciplinary approaches to determine how Indigenous people are able to protect themselves from infections such as hepatitis C and HIV despite the high rates found in some Indigenous communities across these countries. The New Zealand arm of the study, Mauri Tu Mauri Ora, – funded over three years by the Health Research Council - included researchers Dr Clive Aspin, (University of Sydney), Dr Mihi Ratima, Dr Nigel Dickson, (Dunedin School of Medicine), Dr Rhys Jones (University of Auckland) and Professor Linda Smith (University of Waikato).
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Te Toi Roa: Towards an Evaluation Methodology for Mana Whenua and Mataawaka Well-Being in Tamaki Makaurau

This scoping project was commissioned by the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) to inform the development of an evaluation methodology for mana whenua and mātaawaka wellbeing in Tāmaki Makaurau. The project aims to identify the issues associated with measuring wellbeing, how Māori outcomes and measures have been included in council planning documents, and a preferred approach for developing a framework of mana whenua and mātaawaka wellbeing.

Tipping Points: The Relationship between Māori youth workforce participation and mental health

The project, led by Professor Linda Smith, is a collaboration between Te Kotahi Research Institute, National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis, Māori and Psychology Research Unit and Pou Tuia Rangahau from Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa to identify the relationship between Māori youth workforce participation and Māori mental health and to explore ‘tipping points’, risk factors relating to workforce participation which cause Māori youth to experience mental health issues.  This project is funded by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, the National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development. 

Te Wheke a Toi

Te Wheke a Toi is a postdoctoral academic career development programme in which the University of Waikato, AUT and the University of Auckland are collaborating to train six Postdoctoral Fellows (Three Māori and three Pacific Island Fellows). This postdoctoral programme assists Fellows to develop a teaching and supervision portfolio alongside their research work. The programme is unique in that they will participate in doctoral supervision alongside senior mentors.  The training programme is delivered by each institution as well as through a series of workshops that provide oppertuinities for all fellows to work collaboratively.

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