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The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Ngā Kanohi Kitea full project grants.

Developing Māori capability and knowledge is the prime focus of these community research grants. The funding provides opportunities for iwi, hapū and other community groups to address community-identified health needs. Full project grants range from $50,000 to $200,000 and are designed to investigate a well-defined research question over the maximum term of 18 months.

This year’s successful grant recipients include:

Ms Katrina Bryant, Te Runanga o Otakou

Taurite Tū – Development of Falls Prevention exercise programme for Māori

18 months, $181,283

Lay summary:

Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou has identified there is a gap in Fall Prevention services for Māori living in Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou takiwa. Evidence demonstrates that Māori do not recover as well from fall-related injuries and have higher mortality rates following serious falls compared to non-Māori. Taurite Tū research is in response to this health issue.

Research objectives include: a) creating a relevant and engaging balance and strengthening exercise programme responsive to needs of Māori, b) identifying and reducing falls risks for Māori, and c) increasing hauora research capacity within Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou.

Kaupapa Māori Research and Participatory Action Research methodologies will apply to this project. Potential health outcomes for Māori living in Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou takiwa include increased participation of balance and strengthening exercise programmes, and decreased falls risk and related costs. An associated outcome is increased hauora research capacity within Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou.

Ms Kiri Parata, Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust Board

Whāia te Manaaki: manaakitanga and hauora for Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai

18 months, $199,296

Lay summary:

The proposed research aims to build on results of a previous  Ngā Kanohi Kitea research project, Whāia Te Ahi Kaa: Ahi Kaa and its role in Oranga by exploring at a deeper level one component of ahi kaa: manaakitanga. We will explore how manaakitanga is being expressed at two levels, both whānau and marae levels; the barriers and enhancers for expressions of manaakitanga, and its impact or potential to impact on hauora. The research will use a similar template as the previous project to conduct the research therefore building on existing research practice, deepening the experience of research for this iwi and providing ongoing research capability-building opportunities for iwi members. The iwi will use research results for future iwi planning, contribute more broadly to the Māori academy through the production of matauranga Māori and explore the potential of manaakitanga as a vehicle for hauora.