NPM continues to advance our Ngā Pae Tautoko COVID-19 Programme of research activities to contribute to our understanding of the impacts of the pandemic on Māori, and to develop preventative strategies. The work of our research community has been, and continues to be critical to addressing the challenges of COVID-19 and beyond, as we learn to negotiate our ‘new normal’. As part of our Tautoko Strategy, NPM is committed to ensuring that our researchers have a platform for communicating their expertise and insights into COVID-19 and the wider implications it may have on whānau.
Consequently, in January 2021 NPM added a further 11 research activities to be advanced by 13 Māori researchers. The activities will document, interrogate and communicate significant COVID-19 prevention strategies and messages for current and future generations. The final outputs of the research activities will comprise a compilation of creative works that can be memorialized to produce a galvanizing effect in the future, should our tuhanga once again encounter the challenges that we now face.
WATCH--> Dr Valance Smith (Ngāpuhi, Waikato, Ngāti Haina, Ngāti Pākehā) messaging on "Noho ki te kāinga" - Stay at Home during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Valance has recently been appointed to Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor (Māori Adavncement) and leads the Mātauranga Māori Strategy at AUT.
WATCH-->Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Te Arawa) messaging on "Noho ki te kāinga" - Stay at Home during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Dr Dan Hikuroa is an Earth systems scientist and a senior lecturer in Māori Studies Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland. He was the Research Director for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga from July 2011 - December 2015.
WATCH --> Professor Suzanne Pitama (Ngati Kahungunu) messaging on "Noho ki te kāinga" - Stay at Home during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Suzanne Pitama (Ngati Kahungunu) is the Associate Dean Maori and Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch. Suzanne is also the Chair of The Māori Health Committee, a statutory committee of the Health Research Council and responsible for advising Council on health research for Māori, including cultural issues relating to the gathering, verification, and validation of information.
WATCH--> Dr Lynne Russell messaging on "Noho ki te kāinga" - Stay at Home during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Dr Lynne Russell is a senior research fellow in Māori health at Victoria University of Wellington. She has recently emerged from 14 days of self-isolation and is thrilled to be reunited with her whānau and especially her mokopuna.
WATCH --> Mauri Ora Co-Theme Leader Dr Mohi Rua (Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue) of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato helping to distribute 40,000 Ingham chickens! Here's a glimpse of just one of the 'actions' our Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga researchers and network are engaged in.