There are three complementary components of the proposed Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellowship programme ‘Whakarauora Hapori’. First, innovative Māori public health research that directly informs interventions to improve health outcomes for Māori. Three projects are specified – ‘Hapori Kōrerorero’ (to provide evidence to support the application of health promotion’s community development strategy), ‘Te Kura Mai i Tawhiti’ (to generate evidence as to what constitutes effective early life kaupapa Māori programming for tamariki that will improve health outcomes throughout life) and ‘Improving Māori Child Health Outcomes through Father Involvement’. Second, work with Taranaki Māori communities to build health research capability and capacity. Thereby, the community is positioned to generate relevant knowledge and undertake knowledge translation that improves health policies, services and programmes to benefit Māori health. Third, further develop my Māori health research competencies to better achieve my professional potential in health research, including strengthening my publication track record.