Research Project

Haumanu Hauora | Health responses for Māori

This project will work with two District Health Boards: Waikato and Lakes (Rotorua), and their Governing Māori Bodies and Senior Policy teams to develop institutional responses to climate adaptation, with and for vulnerable Māori populations (covering rural and urban Māori in the respective regions). Our research will help ensure that climate impacts on health are properly considered in health policy.

Haumanu Hauora | Health responses for Māori Deep South Challenge
The Haumanu Hauora Research team L-R Trish Young, Elisha Powell, Bridgette Masters-Awatere, Areta Ranginui Charlton

The project has three phases and aims to work through a collaborative partnership to design a policy document (named Haumanu Hauora) for informing policy to mitigate risk to Māori (and others) in the context of climate change.

Phase 1

Will include a systematic literature review and environmental scan to understand the extent, nature and context of climate change impacts for indigenous people and their whānau in health service planning and contracting.

Phase 2

Will involve collaborative work with the two DHBs to identify key strategic areas for intervention in designing a policy document. The policy document, developed during this phase, will naturally be Kaupapa Māori centred and whānau focused.

Phase 3

Will focus on dissemination. Working with these institutions will provide a pathway to reach social services and justice providers working with iwi/Māori to be better prepared and resilient to deal with the scale and pace of climate change.

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.