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Food havens: the role of social enterprise in creating healthy food environments

36 months
Approved budget:
Mrs Daysha Tonumaipe'a
Ms Ella Henry
Dr Radilaite Cammock
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Māori Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
This study is part of a wider effort in addressing social inequities in health that are associated with disproportionate levels of obesity, non-communicable diseases, and mortality rates among Māori and Pacific communities in Aotearoa. The aim is to explore the role of food environments and social enterprise initiatives that work to address these inequities in providing healthy food spaces for Māori and Pacific peoples in New Zealand. The study will investigate definitions of social enterprise within the context of Tāmaki Makaurau, social impact initiatives, the creation of healthy food environments, and the potential impacts for Māori and Pacific whānau. This study will follow Māori and Pacific ontology and epistemological assumptions that will guide a case study methodology. Methods that will be adopted include individual talanoa (in-depth narrative style interviews), surveys (including close and open-ended questions), observation, and wānanga.