Research Project

Haumanu Hauora | Health responses for Māori

Working in partnership with two District Health Boards, this project will develop institutional responses to climate adaptation, with and for vulnerable Māori populations. Our research will help ensure that climate impacts on health are properly considered in health policy.

A literature review will support the team to understand climate impacts for indigenous people and their whānau in health-service planning and contracting. Collaborative work with the Waikato and Lakes DHBs will identify strategic areas for kaupapa Māori, whānau-focused policy intervention. 

The research team will co-design a framework for assessing risks and preparing for climate impacts, with regard to Pae ora (healthy futures), Mauri ora (healthy individuals), Whānau ora (healthy families), and Wai ora (healthy environments).

The intention is that such a framework could be implemented regionally and nationally through health and social service organisations.


  • Trish Young

    University of Waikato
  • Nina Scott

    Waikato District Health Board
  • Phyllis Tangitu

    Lakes District Health Board
  • Rhys Jones

    Te Kupenga Hauora, University of Auckland
  • Alexandra Macmillan

    University of Otago
  • Bridgette Masters-Awatere

    University of Waikato