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Te Ao Rauropi: Mapping the biosphere of Rongoā Māori

41 months
Approved budget:
Dr Amohia Boulton
Dr Tanya Allport
Dr Glenis Mark
Ms Gillian Potaka-Osborne
Dr Aria Graham
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Project
Lay summary
Rongoā Maori is a holistic system of healing derived from Māori philosophy. Despite attempts in the 1900s to prohibit Rongoā, it has endured, albeit in a more limited form. Now regarded as a valued healing modality, previous research indicates that even those who value Rongoā Māori are only aware of part of its potential to generate wellbeing. In its entirety, Rongoā Māori is an intricate and dynamic system of healing relationships which, when practiced fully, supports not only the restoration and wellbeing of people, but also of the environment in which we live. This kaupapa Māori, qualitative study seeks to illustrate the potential of Rongoā Māori, articulating theory and practice, and illustrating the full range of wellbeing benefits that derive from following this traditional form of healing. Data collection methods include wānanga and case studies undertaken with healers and patients. Research Advisory and Kaumatua Advisory Groups will be convened.