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Niuean happiness: A hiapo approach to Niuean mental health and wellbeing

46 months
Approved budget:
Dr Jessica Pasisi
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
The Government's health and wellbeing budget has a clear target to improve the holistic wellbeing of Pacific communities in Aotearoa. The proposed research aims to explore Niuean elder and youth conceptualisations of happiness through a culturally centred research approach. Specifically, Niuean conceptualisations of happiness are used to co-design and implement wellbeing interventions to improve cultural connectedness and mental health for Niuean people. The interventions also seek to improve inter-generational knowledge transfer. Qualitative and quantitative measures will be used to glean insights relevant to the broader Niuean community in Aotearoa.