Ngā Kanohi Kitea Full Project Grant

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai
Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development
Haunui, haurua, hauora!
18 months

Lay summary

This grant will investigate Waikato-Tainui rangatahi wellbeing as a result of participation in a developmental voyaging programme, which utilises traditional navigation and tikanga values and processes. This programme is held aboard Haunui, a 22-metre, 16-berth, double-hulled ocean voyaging waka haurua based on traditional design specifications. Anecdotal reports suggest a strong shift by rangatahi away from institutional forms connectedness to sports and cultural activities, which in-turn is suggested to increase wellbeing and health. The study will measure these reports with the outcomes, also informing Whakatupuranga Waikato-Tainui 2050, the tribe’s blueprint for cultural, social and economic development aimed at growth and self-determination.

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