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Creating food havens in South Auckland

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Radilaite Cammock
Dr Catherine Conn
Mrs Daysha Tonumaipe'a
Proposal type:
Research Activation Grant 2
Lay summary
Within New Zealand the burden of obesity is felt disproportionately among Māori and Pacific peoples. Food environments (availability and accessibility of healthy food outlets) have been associated with high rates of obesity and integral to influencing healthy food uptake among individuals. The study proposes a strengths-based approach to understand the cultural values and food practices that are integral to healthy food consumption among Māori and Pacific peoples. This study looks to partner with key Māori and Pacific organisations and community groups in South Auckland to identify healthy food environments or food havens that already exist and could be developed. Leveraging off existing relationships and consultation with Pacific providers, the activation grant will be used to support whakawhanaungatanga and veiwekani (relationship building embedded in reciprocity) activities, creation of a Māori and Pacific advisory group, and the development of data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative measures) for a wider research project.