Māori health research Postdoctoral fellowship (2018 funding round)

Mrs Marama McDonald
University of Waikato
Whakapiki wairua: Study of a Māori mindfulness intervention in a Wharekura
36 months

Lay summary

This research proposal aims to translate the findings from the researcher’s PhD work that focussed on happiness in older Māori (2017) into a meaningful mindfulness intervention that cultivates values intrinsic to happiness and wellbeing for rangatahi Māori that might be sustained across the lifetime. The research proposed will explicitly acknowledge the impact of colonisation and historical trauma on Māori psychological and spiritual wellbeing as part of the process in creating a mindfulness approach to enhance holistic wellbeing in rangatahi Māori. The purpose of this research is to develop a Māori mindfulness programme that integrates mindfulness theory and practice with Māori cosmological narratives, philosophies, practices, language and beliefs about health and wellbeing in a co-design iterative process that places rangatahi Māori experiences, diverse realities and contexts at the forefront of the research process.

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