Māori Health Research PhD Scholarship (2016 funding round)

Ms Ngahuia Murphy
University of Waikato
Investigating customary Māori philosophies regarding the whare tangata (womb)
36 months

Lay summary

I am a Kaupapa Māori researcher committed to initiatives that improve the wellbeing of Māori women by reclaiming customary knowledge that reflects positive messages regarding Māori women’s sexuality. This is necessary because colonial historians have used dehumanising language to present Māori women as inferior in Māori culture due to our sexuality. What the colonial historians wrote has been reproduced into contemporary times. The consequences continue to produce inequalities and negative outcomes that impact on the health and wellbeing of Māori women and girls and the wider whānau more generally. My career and research objectives are to facilitate positive transformation for Māori women, whānau and the wider community through reclaiming empowering traditional knowledge related to gender and sexuality. I use a Kaupapa Māori methodology because it is committed to producing research that is by Māori, for Māori, and in response to Māori needs and aspirations.

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