Ngā Kanohi Kitea Full Project Grant

Ms Naida Glavish
Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua
The health benefits of karanga
19 months

Lay summary

The intent of the study is to investigate the health benefits of karanga for wāhine Māori. As a tikanga (cultural norm) karanga is argued to improve health outcomes for Māori women in the domains of wairuatanga, hinengaro, tinana and whānau. Yet there is little evidence to support such claims.

The objectives are to:
• complete an in-depth literature review
• facilitate pūrākau karanga with four hapū
• facilitate pūrākau karanga with fifteen kaikaranga
• write summary and final reports

The research will be driven by kaupapa Māori theory involving whānau, hapu and iwi in the management of the research process and development of a methodological design. Purakau will be the data gathering and analysis method.

The primary outcome of the research is to begin to transpose the research findings into a policy framework to inform health promotion practice. Secondary outcomes are; to test the research methodology for use in other

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