Waka Hourua

Research Agenda Projects

Key research priorities

We are pleased to have four respected applicants who addressed two of the four key research priorities identified in the Research Agenda. Whānau Ora!

One is around realising the potential of cultural identity. This included:

  • application of Māori and Pasifika cultural concepts that supported positive mental health and wellbeing, included the role of collective cultural identity and pride and the value and need for ethnic specific research conducted within the Pasifika context, and
  • pathways which led to positive mental health outcomes included the exploration on how outcomes in education, health, housing, employment impacted on positive mental health and wellbeing.

The other is around realising the potential of supporting recovery. This includes:

  • best practice in relation to building whānau and community responsiveness to suicide, with a focus on enhancing early intervention through building whānau and community capacity to identify and intervene early when mental health problems occur, and
  • understanding pathways to suicidal behaviours/ thoughts and effective pathways to recovery.
     

The following successful research project leads and their teams were:


Researcher: Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Supporting Recovery.
Location: Hibiscus Research is undertaking the research in Auckland.
Suicide Postvention: Support for Pacific Communities - to view the final report click here.
Waka Hourua webinar - To view this presentation from Dr Tiatia-Seath click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

The primary aim of this research was to engaged Pasifika communities and examine what they consider were the most important, appropriate and effective components to include in the development of Pasifika postvention guidelines in order to provide the best possible support for Pasifika individuals, families, and communities bereaved by suicide.

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Researcher: Dr Catherine Love
Research team: Dr Keri Lawson-Te Aho, Professor Emeritus Sir Ngātata Love, Shamia Shariff
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Cultural Identity.
Location: The researchers are based in Te Tau Ihu and Te Upoko o Te Ika (Blenheim-Marlborough and Wellington regions) and the research is taking place primarily in Te Tau Ihu, Te Upoko, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty.
Towards Mauri Ora: Entrepreneurship education and community development for hard to reach rangatahi and their whānau - pathway and models for sustainable development - To view the final report click here.
Waka Hourua webinar - To view this presentation from Dr Cathering Love click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

This research examined the outcomes of Ahikaa, a specialised Kaupapa Māori entrepreneurship education programme for rangatahi experiencing recurring trauma and their whānau. Using a Kaupapa Māori methodology, Whānau Narrative Inquiry and motivational interviewing methods, this research examined the transformative potential of entrepreneurship education for rangatahi and whānau self- determination.

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Researcher: Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese amd Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Cultural Identity
Location: Wellington
Investigating Pasifika cultural strengths and prevention of suicide - To view their preliminary findings report click here.
Waka Hourua webinar - To view this presentation from Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese and Tafaoimalo Loudeen Parsons click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

This research investigated cultural strengths and links with suicide prevention approaches in three Pasifika groups and developed projects to then be piloted. In summary:

  1. Identified Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan cultural concepts and knowledge on suicide and its prevention.
  2. Developed practices and responses for piloting from the Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan cultural concepts and knowledge that assisted in suicide prevention.
  3. Developed Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan suicide prevention mental health practices for piloting within mental health services.

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Researcher: Ngaropi Cameron
Research team: Leonie Pihama, Jocelyn Millard Awhina Cameron
Research priority: Realising the Potential of Supporting Recovery
Location: All researchers whakapapa to Taranaki and the research will be based out of Taranaki.
He Waipuna Koropupu - To view the final report click here.
Waka Hourua webinar - To view this presentation from Ngaropi Cameron click here.  For the supporting PowerPoint click here.

He Waipuna Koropupu is a Kaupapa Māori research project that seeked to address the silence that exists in relation to Taranaki suicide. Qualitative in nature, the data collected for analysis obtained from Taranaki whānau through participant interviews and hapū hui. Whānau experiences of suicide, behavioural patterns, warning signs and cultural and social systems were explored.

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