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Kaupapa Māori


Kia Puāwai - ake ngā whakatupu

Nau mai!
Welcome to this dedicated page for Kia Puāwai ake ngā uri whakatupu: flourishing future generations

Here you will be updated on the progress of our five-year, Health Research Council funded research programme.

Kia Puāwai is a programme of research that is dedicated to generating new Māori knowledge to find new solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of all whānau Māori.

We believe that health equity is essential for the wider social and economic advancement of all of Aotearoa New Zealand.

As Māori health researchers we have a wealth of evidence already that shows us some of the ways in which Māori have been underserved in our systems, leading to inequitable statistics across many areas of Māori wellbeing. For the Kia Puāwai programme, we have focused on some specific areas to further investigate, to find out what our whānau, hapū, iwi and hāpori Māori see as solutions going forward.

Four specific research projects have been designed to work together to present new, aspirational and solutions-based thinking.

The four objectives of Kia Puāwai are to:

  • Establish new knowledge on the leadership, governance and decision-making models required for iwi/Māori to make significant and enduring advances in the equity of health outcomes;
  • Build knowledge on safe and healthy home environments for whānau Māori to flourish;
  • Establish whānau and clinical concepts of good practice in the primary health care system; and
  • Achieve knowledge translation for impact pathways to facilitate key systems change.

The overall objective of Kia Puāwai, achieving health equity for Māori, is based on the belief that Māori must develop and lead our own solutions to create a system that supports the realisation of the aspirations of our tūpuna (ancestors) - that we flourish as Māori.

“We must develop and lead our own solutions if we are to realise the aspirations of our tūpuna to flourish as Māori. This means building and testing our knowledge and what that looks like in the current context.

Nā Amohia Boulton
Research Centre Director