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Kia taiohi te tū

57 months
Approved budget:
Dr Hotukura Wharehoka
Professor Linda Smith
Health issue:
Reproduction/fertility/sexual health
Proposal type:
Hohua Tutengaehe Fellowship
Lay summary
Little is known about the needs and experiences of taiohi growing up in te reo Māori-speaking whānau and with regard to intimate relationships, gender and sexualities. Taiohi also need to be able to navigate these complexities through their physical and virtual worlds. This kaupapa Māori research is a mana whānau project which aims to build whānau-centred bodies of knowledge that incorporate the successes and challenges whānau are experiencing in using mātauranga Māori to support taiohi on their journeys. My experience in Kura Kaupapa Māori as a sexuality education adviser and as an emerging kaupapa Māori health and te reo Māori researcher converges in this project that empowers whānau by documenting and sharing their successes and providing access to decolonising and mātauranga Māori-informed bodies of knowledge. The project contributes to strengthening sexual and reproductive health outcomes for taiohi so they can navigate these realities as taiohi Māori.