This research project integrated two distinct but complementary pieces of research to amplify the voices of young Māori who entrusted their experiences, opinions, and ideas to the two research teams; and to speak back to those who might implement change for them. The two projects were the National Secondary School Youth Health Survey Youth2000, and Youth First, a major Marsden funded project headed by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith. The aim was to create a multidisciplinary research alliance that could begin to talk across disciplinary boundaries to inform community issues.
This research project sought to answer a fundamental question: What do Māori men who have sex with men need in order to reduce their risk of HIV infection? The researchers in order to answer this focused on the significance of identity from both a cultural and sexual perspective. The research recognises that Māori men who have a strong sense of their identity may be at reduced risk of HIV infection and that this has a beneficial effect on one’s health status. Accordingly, the project investigated the aspects of identity and behaviour which contribute to reduced risk of HIV infection.
A concussion implies a temporary disturbance to brain function and can be serious. A medical consultation to judge the severity of the injury, and to specify a management plan are important. Failure to do so can lead to subsequent injury and may impact the individual’s schoolwork and social interactions.
This project examined Māori resilience, with particular reference to Māori systems of assessment and management of issues pertaining to mental health and wellbeing. In New Zealand, the researchers proposed, we have two different epistemologies and two different systems of knowledge, which rarely intersect and this is the case in the field of mental health, where western epistemologies dominate, while Māori epistemologies are largely under utilised.
This research project adopted an approach which is grounded in Māori cultural values and beliefs to answer three questions: what are the dreams, aspirations and goals that whānau in the Porirua community have for their own development; what are the major areas of concern for these whānau which may in fact prevent them from achieving their dreams; and finally how do government agencies and institutions support whānau to achieve their aspirations? The research also looked at whether government departments enable whānau to realise their dreams in a way that is consistent with being Māori.