Project 2: Tō mātou kāinga, tō mātou ūkaipō

Whānau conceptions of home: supporting flourishing home environments

"To understand hauora Māori in a holistic sense, it must be seen in relation to 'home'. Safety and wellbeing at home is more than the absence of 'ill-health', or in the case of the current environment, the absence of Covid-19."

This research project aims to develop a model that captures what is required for whānau to be safe and well ‘at home’. The project will look specifically at:

  • Understanding whānau conceptualisations of ‘home’ related to connectedness, people, place, and space, and their influence on whānau members’ needs for safety and wellbeing, particularly within a Covid-19 era;
  • Co-constructing and producing whānau-centred model(s), safety and wellbeing indicators and resources for whānau to enhance safety and wellbeing at home and within their communities; and
  • Constructing an outcomes framework and indicators to measure the impact of the whānau-centred model(s) developed.

The developed models to enhance safety and wellbeing at home will integrate Māori thinking in all areas of home and place making, including house, space, and environment design, whānau capacity and capability, and systems supports and designs. Our findings will also inform targeted use and development of whenua (land) and, more generally, will influence current policy discourse around Māori health, housing and wellbeing in the Covid-19 era.

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