Maia - Māori And Indigenous Analysis Ltd.

Te Ātiawa, Taranaki, Waikato

current projects

He Waka Eke Noa

Māori Cultural Frameworks for Violence Prevention and Intervention.

Principal Investigator:

Professor Leonie Pihama, Ngā Wai a Te Tūī, Unitec

‘He Waka Eke Noa’ investigates the role of Māori cultural approaches to violence prevention and intervention. The research is a Kaupapa Māori research project that focuses on Māori understandings of family and sexual violence. International research indicates that culture can be an effective ‘buffer’ in the area of family and sexual violence prevention and healing trauma. Our approach provides a broad view of violence that captures the complex factors that contribute to the prevalence of violence within, and upon Māori communities. The research will investigate a range of explanations for violence in Aotearoa, both individual and collective, and ways through which culture can inform the development of successful approaches to violence reduction. This project has been developed collaboratively with Māori healers, social workers and counsellors who have wide-ranging involvement and knowledge in working with whānau who have been impacted by either family or sexual violence. Over the past 20 years there has been strong advocacy for the development of programmes that are based upon cultural knowledge and practices however there is limited research that explores which principles are most effective and the difference that cultural programmes may have in intervening in contexts where violence has been intergenerational and ongoing. This project will work with a range of organisations in the identification of the prevalence of family and sexual violence for Māori and to explore in depth Māori cultural concepts and practices that successfully inform and support intervention and healing processes.

Funded by MBIE

Research Team

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, The University of Waikato 

Ngaropi Cameron, Tu Tama Wahine o Taranaki 

Dr Cherryl Smith, Te Atawhai o te Ao Independent Research Institute 

Billie Jean Cassidy, Te Puna Oranga 

Shirley Simmons, Independent Researcher 

Rihi Te Nana, Independent Researcher 

Betty Sio, Independent Researcher 

Poipoia Ngā Tamariki

Nurturing Our Children

In collaboration with Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki

Principal investigator:

Professor Leonie Pihama

Investigators: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smtih, Ngāropi Raumati

Researcher: Dr Marjorie Beveland

Contributors: Dr Naomi Simmonds, Dr Donna Campbell

Research Management: Papahuia Dickson

‘Poipoia Ngā Tamariki’ is a project that is focused on sharing mātauranga Māori, Māori knowledge, that supports the nurturing of tamariki, our children. The project name derives from the whakataukī ‘Poipoia te kakano kia puawai’ which means ‘Nurture the seed so that it will blossom’, and refers to our collective role to support, nurture and uplift children so that they may reach their fullest potential. This project shares research based knowledge in forms that make it accessible to whānau and to those that work closely with tamariki.

‘Poipoia Ngā Tamariki’ brings to the fore successful values and practices of childrearing held within whānau, hapū and iwi for many generations. It focuses on the sharing of knowledge that supported the belief held by our tūpuna that our tamariki and mokopuna are treasured parts of whānau, hapū and iwi. This project is grounded upon Kaupapa Māori approach to ensuring the wellbeing of our tamariki. Kaupapa Maori provides us with particular ways of thinking about ideas and our practices that are informed by Māori cultural understandings that are grounded upon Māori knowledge and promotes positive strengths based cultural approaches and practices.

Funded by Cure Kids and Better Start National Science Challenge

key contacts

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Leonie Pihama