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Reconnecting for Māori in a post-COVID-19 world

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Dianne Wepa
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Development Grant
Lay summary
This is a scoping study involving whānau, hapū and iwi from Ngāti Kahungunu. Key leaders from the Māori community within Ngāti Kahungunu are wanting to explore new ways of connecting with each other as protective factors for healthy outcomes. COVID-19 has shone a light on how staying connected does not always involve a physical space and place. The study will scope up the directions from people in the community into what a bigger project will look like to stay connected and possibly develop new ways of connecting to maintain whānau, hapū and iwi kaupapa and whakapapa. The findings will determine the best methodological approach for a larger project, possibly involving other iwi with similar experiences.