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Aho Tapairu: Developing a mana wahine wellbeing toolkit

42 months
Approved budget:
Dr Ngahuia Murphy
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Fellowship
Lay summary
I am a kaupapa Māori mana wahine researcher committed to projects motivated by decolonial and transformatory agendas. My background is in revitalising customary Māori knowledge as healing interventions for Māori women and their whānau today. I am a researcher focused on impact and dissemination, which is evidenced through my publications and workshop outputs. I am committed to creating platforms through research that privilege the voices and knowledge of Māori women. I am also committed to overturning derogatory colonial redefinitions of Māori femininity that leads to poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes for Māori women and girls. In this project, I extend my doctoral research and revitalise customary terms and knowledge related to Māori women's bodies in order to improve Māori women's reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing. I will also create a framework for Māori women to recover their own tikanga and ceremony as healing interventions.