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.
READ -> Ruānuku Emeritus Professor Ngahuia Te Awekotuku. In this commentary, Ngahuia reflects on the Māori practice of Kawemate as a way through and beyond 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.