The purpose of the proposed research is to contribute towards enhanced understandings of the localisation of matauranga Maori and Western science in order to inform Maori community level health research. This kaupapa will be explored from a Taranaki Maori perspective, but will have wider application. The value of this summer studentship is that it will inform a much larger project which intends to build Maori intellectual capital through a focus on the interface as a theoretical and methodological foundation for localised Maori health research. This is turn facilitates Maori health research that is optimally positioned to draw on dual knowledge systems, and thereby provide a more relevant, robust and comprehensive evidence base to inform Maori health sector decision-making that leads to health gains for Maori. At the same time, however, this summer studentship is a complementary and standalone piece of work that enables me to gain valuable Maori health research experience while drawing on my current skill set.