Promising Futures - Kia Whakapiri Mai: Bridging the home and away divide to enhance engagement

NIDEA Researcher:

Arama Rata


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Research Platform


2018 - 2021

About the research:

This NPM Platform Project is building an understanding on how to build stronger, more connected iwi, through enhanced engagement with Māori governance entities. Contemporary Māori governance entities are tasked with representing, supporting and distributing resources to their members. However, these members may be disengaged, and live a great distance from entity headquarters.

Current demographic trends show that the emptying of the regions in favour of the major urban centres will continue, prompting the question: how can contemporary Māori governance entities curb the legacy of colonialism and strengthen engagement with all their members, regardless of where they're living?

In this platform project we are exploring, through qualitative interviews, how Māori government entities engage with their affiliates. We are then partnering with one tribal governance entity and developing an in-depth demographic profile of the iwi they serve, based on census and iwi register data, to determine the extent of the entity's engagement with tribal affiliates.

Finally we are surveying the members of our partner tribal governance entity to co-construct an engagement strategy tailored to the entity.