Hauora | Health & Wellbeing

Completed Projects

Ngā Pou Senior Research Fellowship

The Ngā Pou Senior Research Fellow programme contributes to Māori health through developing evidence based information that can enhance Family Violence prevention and intervention approaches. The research component aimed to investigate Māori cultural expressions of emotions to develop a cultural framework that could be applied to Family Violence prevention and intervention work. A key research aim was to explore cultural expressions of emotions to develop an in-depth understanding of a range of emotional states from a Māori perspective. The impetus for the research component of the programme came from Māori Providers, counsellors and community workers who are working alongside whānau.

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He Oranga Ngākau


He Oranga Ngākau was a research project funded by the Health Research Council which aimed to contribute to Māori models of health. It did this by exploring Kaupapa Māori Trauma Informed Care practice principles through research that partnered with Māori and Indigenous practitioners. The research looked to inform the development of a framework supporting both Māori and non-Māori practitioners working with whānau experiencing trauma.

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Honour Project Aotearoa


The Honour Project Aotearoa was a research project funded by the Health Research Council. The overall aim was to investigate the life experiences of Takatāpui to gain insight into their health and wellbeing and investigate issues of access, provision and appropriateness of the health care services for this specific Māori community.

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Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau: Ancestral knowledge as a framework for tamariki wellbeing

Research demonstrates that Māori are overrepresented in a number of health and social parameters. There is also an increasing body of research, which highlight that these enduring issues can be traced back to the impact of colonisation culminating in issues of of cultural disconnection, isolation and marginalisation.

Traditional Māori approaches of child-rearing are steeped in a collective responsibility, rather than conventionally promoted approaches whereby it is considered an individual endeavour. There are myriad reasons for this this collapse of the collective approach including the issues associated with the historical trauma, denial of language and culture and the imposition of a nuclear family model superseding whānau.

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Tiakina Te Pā Harakeke

'Tiakina Te Pā Harakeke' was a project focused upon tikanga and mātauranga Māori models of wellbeing for whānau.  Te Pā Harakeke is a metaphor for whānau wellbeing. The project shared with whānau, and others, knowledge about raising children in ways that are grounded within tikanga Māori. The project provided access to the wisdom and approaches of a diverse range of people who have depth knowledge in tikanga and childrearing practices. The project supported the wellbeing of tamariki and whānau by providing information that helped to identify, learn and practice positive, cultural approaches to childrearing as practiced by our tupuna.

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

This international Indigenous collaboration across Australia, New Zealand and Canada 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 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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Tipping Points: The Relationship between Māori youth workforce participation and mental health

The project, led by Professor Linda Smith, was 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. It aimed 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 was funded by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, the National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development.