He Oranga Ngākau


He Oranga Ngākau is a research project funded by the Health Research Council, which aims to contribute to Māori models of health by exploring Kaupapa Māori Trauma Informed Care practice principles through conducting research that partners with Māori, and Indigenous practitioners to inform the development of a framework that supports both Māori and non-Māori practitioners working with whānau experiencing trauma.

The research team recently held eight (8) regional hui for He Oranga Ngākau in Tainui, Taranaki, Southland, Te Arawa, Kāi Tahu, Te Taitokerau, Tāmaki, and Te Tairāwhiti.  The research team is led by Associate Professor Leonie Pihama and Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith and work in collaboration with Māori providers to identify key principles and practices that will provide a Kaupapa Māori model for Trauma Informed Care when working with whānau.

He Oranga Ngākau will be hosting a Mini Conference and a Thought Space Wānanga in 2018 to share our findings.  The Thought Space Wānanga has been designed as a process by which to engage a range of agencies, providers and policy analysts from a diverse range of organisations and provides a space for sharing evidence-based outcomes and other work with those who influence translation through policy development and implementation.

For more information about the project please contact the Research Manager, Herearoha Skipper

He Oranga Ngākau presentation by Professor Linda Smith

Land, Language and Learning: Living in Good Relations
Understanding trauma and healing from a Māori perspective

13 September 2018: Professor Linda T Smith spoke about a research project with Māori community members as an example of living in good relations

Health Research Council


Research Team