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Te whakahawea tangata: decoding discimination

55 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Donna Cormack
Health issue:
Wellbeing (autonomy self-determination)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Project
Lay summary
Approaches to Maori health recognise the connectedness of individuals and collectives, both with each other and with their environments (physical and non-physical). Discrimination represents a threat to Maori health and wellbeing by creating health-damaging social environments. This project will undertake a comprehensive analysis of secondary data from Te Kupenga, the first Maori social survey by Statistics New Zealand. It aims to explore the role of discrimination as a health determinant for Maori by examining multiple forms and experiences of discrimination, relationships to a range of wellbeing domains (including cultural and whanau wellbeing measures), and potential buffers of this relationship. The large sample allows the most in-depth understanding of discrimination for Maori to date, expanding the evidence base from which to develop policies and interventions, informing both long-term interventions to eliminate discrimination, as well as short- and medium-term interventions to mitigate the negative health impacts of discrimination for Maori.