2015 Funding Round - Project

Dr Donna Cormack
University of Otago, Wellington
Te whakahawea tangata: Decoding discrimination
24 months

Lay summary

Approaches to Māori health recognise the connectedness of individuals and collectives, both with each other and with their environments (physical and non-physical). Discrimination represents a threat to Māori health and well-being by creating health-damaging social environments. This project will undertake a comprehensive analysis of secondary data from Te Kupenga, the first Māori social survey by Statistics New Zealand. It aims to explore the role of discrimination as a health determinant for Māori by examining multiple forms and experiences of discrimination, relationships to a range of well-being domains (including cultural and whanau well-being measures), and potential buffers of this relationship. The large sample allows the most in-depth understanding of discrimination for Māori to date, expanding the evidence base from which to develop policies and interventions, informing both long-term interventions to eliminate discrimination, as well as short- and medium-term interventions to mitigate the negative health impacts of discrimination for Māori.

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