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Ka puawai nga Kohungahunga Turi: The early development of Maori deaf tamariki

36 months
Approved budget:
Dr Kirsten Smiler
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Fellowship
Lay summary
Ka Puawai nga Kohungahunga Turi aims to contribute to an understanding of a whanau ora approach to early intervention services for Maori deaf and hearing-impaired tamariki and their whanau and employs whakawhaungatanga as a kaupapa Maori approach to research. A Maori-specific network of whanau with deaf impaired tamariki named Nga Kohungahunga Turi (from consultation to dissemination) will be involved in the research, as I examine exemplary early intervention programmes (as a collective case study) and their practice with indigenous populations, and explore the implication their practice has for Maori. Open communication between myself and whanau via an online wananga will be undertaken as a as part of the research method. This approach aims to involve whanau in the process of refocusing early intervention systems in Aotearoa/New Zealand, in order they have access to knowledge to better self-advocate.