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Mana wāhine o Te Kapotai: reclaiming the strength of women towards mauri ora

53 months
Approved budget:
Miss Renee Wikaire
Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes
Associate Professor Angela Moewaka Barnes
Dr Lily George
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Māori Health PhD Scholarship
Lay summary
This research project seeks the reclamation of wāhine Māori voices through exploring mana wāhine with Te Kapotai hapū. In Aotearoa, colonisation is an overarching historical trauma event for Māori that has collectively impacted past, present and future generations, as well as the continued reproduction of systemic oppression. Throughout colonial history, wāhine Māori have been represented in ways that silence their voices and promote particular ideas of women, often devaluing our roles as leaders, healers and nurturers. Through the reclamation of our narratives as wāhine, we will hold space for intergenerational trauma to be brought forward and healing processes to take place in the pursuit of mauri ora. In a co-designed process, I will use mana wāhine methodology, kaupapa Māori theory, historical trauma and healing theory to frame the research. Methods include semi-structured interviews, hui (group interviews) and wānanga kōrero (wānanga interviews).