The primary objective of this programme is to determine how Rongoa Maori can impact [positively] as a preventative measure on type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. These metabolic illnesses effect the Maori population at a disproportionate scale in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The research has been initiated by rangatahi, who wish to reduce the impact this has on their own generation [prevention] and to improve their aspirations as being the caregivers of their whanau. Methodology will be a mix of literature review, qualitative research, and quantitative research. The development grant phase is supported by Maori health researchers, including Amohia Boulton – Whakauae Research for Maori Health and Development, and Maui Hudson – University of Waikato. The Rongoa research will be undertaken by rangatahi and supported by Nga Uri o te Ngahere Trust, with project leadership by Dr Nichola Harcourt.