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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tikanga-based research gives stronger outcomes

A Maori health worker wants to see tikanga-based practices from research to treatment.

Hector Matthews, the manager Maori for Canterbury District Health Board, gave a paper on Connecting research to Maori health delivery at last week's Nga Kete a Rehua Maori research symposium in Christchurch.

He says there's an extraordinary amount of in-depth research being done, but researchers need to find the right way to approach Maori communities.

“Maori individuals and whanau are far more open to engaging with a research project if they trust the people that are doing it and if they trust the processes that are being done, if it’s coming from a kaupapa Maori perspective.

“they’re not going to engage with just anyone that rocks up and says ‘can you fellows help us out.’ Just little things like meeting with people and doing a karakia and respecting the processes of the marae, balancing all thing those things Maori along with the clinical and academic imperatives,” Mr Matthews says.

Using the right tikanga means it's more likely academic findings can affect clinical treatment in ways that benefit the Maori community.


Rugby league legend Howie Tamati says the authors of A 100 years of Maori Rugby League have done an excellent job, despite not being Maori.

The book was launched in Wellington yesterday.

Mr Tamati says John Coffey and Bernie Wood were already experts on the game in this country.

“What they had to be open to, as some authors aren’t, is some advice to ay ‘No, this story doesn’t read right, you’ve written too much about this player, because it focuses on his Kiwi career, Let’s focus on what he does as a Maori rugby league player,” says Mr Tamati, who commissioned A 100 years of Maori Rugby League.


An authority on traditional Maori kai says the emerging ecotourism sector is opening doors for people with a knowledge of wild foods.

Rotorua chef Charles Royal says there was keen interest from operators at last month's ecotourism conference in Greymouth who want to incorporate traditional kai into the experiences they offer clients.

“Oh there's a huge interest from non-Maori tourism operators as well as Maori tourism operators and what they’re looking at is trying to incorporate young people who want to be in the hospitality tourism industry into their businesses,” Mr Royal says.

The arrival of spring sees an abundance of food in the ngahere, with pikpiko, hakeka, pirita and many types of traditional mushrooms ripe for the picking.

Traditional kai will also be discussed at this week's Maori tourism conference in Rotorua.


A former Treaty Negotiations Minister is happy with the pace of settling claims.

Sir Douglas Graham held the portfolio from 1991 to 1999, with the Ngai Tahu, Tainui and the Sealord Fisheries settlement among those done on his watch.

He says recent progress means the target of all historical claims being settled by 2020 now seems achievable.

“I think there was a bit of a slow period from 2000 to 2005 or thereabouts, there didn’t seem to be much action, and that was a bit of a concern because I thought those who had settled already were getting well ahead, and those who hadn’t were being left behind, but since then the pace has picked up and in recent times there have been quite a number of settlements and large ones at that, so I’m very satisfied with the pace of progress and hope it continues, I’m sure it will,” Sir Douglas says.

He is confident both Labour and National have the will to get the settlement process finished by 2020.


A study of Maori health in Wairoa has shocked reseachers.

Suzanne Pitama from Hauora Manawa says despite the northern Hawkes Bay town not having fast food outlets, there was still a high risk of heart disease and strokes particularly among Maori men.

She says cholesterol was a big issue.

“Where we would have predicted those high rates of cholesterol would have been in the higher age group, we found for women the cholesterol rates gradually rose for women but with the young men, right from the age of 20 through to 64 there was consistently high cholesterol rate, which was a little bit of a shock for us,” Ms Pitama says.


The winner of the Style Pasifika supreme award winner credits her grandfather with inspiration.

Kiri Nathan's grey organza, wool and cotton creation was what she calls a feminine version of her grandfather's 28th Maori Battalion uniform.

She says although her grandfather is no longer living, he was still a part of her thoughts.

“The inspiration of the military uniform and the Maori Battalion and just the respect of all those men, and also my grandmother. It just came quite easily. I think my grandfather might have been giving me a few ideas in different ways,” Ms Nathan says.

The highlight of the night was sharing the award with her whanau in the crowd, including her 86-year-old grandmother.


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