This research project will contribute to improving Maori wellbeing by reducing rates of preventable death amongst Maori through identifying key factors that can be used to better inform local health and social services as well as national policies. The study involves the statistical analysis of information from the death records from 1996 onwards as well as Census information. We will look at how these key factors vary by region and by age groups to better understand the interaction of factors associated with preventable death amongst Maori. Working in partnership with the National Hauora Coalition and a District Health Board, we will develop processes to include this research information into the planning, delivery and monitoring of health and social interventions including Whanau Ora. These collaborations will also result in publication of documented processes and a data tool that will enable the research information to be used throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. This grant was awarded to The University of Auckland but was later transfered to McDonald Sporle.