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 Hayley Cavino of Ngāti Whitikaupeka and Ngāti Pūkenga lives in New York State. It is one of the hardest hit areas of the USA. Commenting on the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on African Americans, she urges us at home in Aotearoa, to be vigilant.
READ -> by Ruānuku Emeritus Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku. Extending on her earlier commentary titled "Thoughts on dealing with tangihanga during Coronavirus", Ngahuia turns her attention to the importance of remembering and memorialising as Māori whānau grapple with the challenges of grieving during Alert Level 4 Aotearoa National State of Emergency, a time when we are unable to give full effect to our Maori grief rituals. Ngahuia along with Prof Linda Waimarie Nikora lead the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga project titled: Aituā: Death in a changing Māori World.
WATCH--> Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan messaging on "Noho ki te kāinga" - Stay at Home during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. Jenny is Director of Ngā Wai a Te Tūī at NPM partner institution Unitec. Amongst others, she leads programmes of research on pūrākau, te reo revitalisation and the role of marae in the housing crisis.
WATCH --> Dr Joseph (Joe) Te Rito messaging on hygiene practices. Made during COVID-19 Alert level 4 Aotearoa/New Zealand State of Emergency. From Rongomaiwāhine and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi, Joe is passionate about promoting the oral language of his elders as the exemplars for second-language learners of Te Reo Māori.