Hapori mana motuhake: Community-University working together for kaumātua

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  • Thursday 18 Jul 2024
  • 5.30pm
  • The Pā - Te Kōpūroa Function Room, The University of Waikato, Hamilton
  • Amanda Wilson
  • amanda.wilson@waikato.ac.nz
  • Free

Te Raupapa Waikato Management School warmly invites you to attend an evening of collaboration and discussion on Thursday, 18 July from 5.30pm to 7.00pm with our 2022 Research Impact Award recipients, Professor John Oetzel and Associate Professor Mary Simpson.

Details of this event

For more than 10 years, Prof. Mary Simpson and Prof. John Oetzel have partnered with kaupapa Māori community organisations to work on a range of research projects related to health, housing and wellbeing.
Partnership always includes Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (wrap-around service provider), frequently involves Te Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa (pan-iwi service provider), and recently evolved to include a network of 13 additional kaumātua service providers across Aotearoa.

By highlighting two current projects, Mary and John will discuss the complex real-world problem of a disproportionate burden of ageing falling on Māori communities with kaumātua.

Three themes of research will be addressed:

  1. A relational approach to co-create research and build research capacity with Māori community groups;
  2. Research impact related to health equity;
  3. Research grounded in Te Tiriti O Waitangi and kaupapa Māori guided by kaumātua wisdom.



For catering purposes kindly RSVP by Friday, 5 July.

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Event schedule

5.30pm: Drinks and canapes inside Te Kōpūroa Function Room, The Pā, University of Waikato, Hamilton

5.55pm: Mihi whakatau

6.00pm: Introductory comments

6.05pm: Presentation by Prof. John Oetzel and Prof. Mary Simpson

6.45pm: Q&A

7.00pm: Event concludes


Gate 10 carpark, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton. Parking is free after 5pm.

Prof. John Oetzel

John Oetzel is Professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikato's Management School.

His research investigates partnerships between communities and academics to address health outcomes and health inequities.

“I am particularly interested in engaging with community organisations to co-design, co-deliver, and co-evaluate health interventions that have been developed through participatory methods."

Assoc. Prof. Mary Simpson

Mary Simpson is Associate Professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikato's Management School.

Her research goal is to use her knowledge and experience developed in the field of ageing and wellbeing, to promote the health, independence and well-being of older people, and to address health inequities experienced by Māori kaumātua.