This Rangahau Hauora application comprises two complementary components: a) a substantive research component; and b) a more general Maori health research capacity building component. The first component is a study that will explore the effectiveness of Te Ha Ora, a kaupapa Maori antenatal programme. A multi-methods approach including a review of the relevant literature, two focus groups, three key informant interviews and a thematic analysis of the data will be undertaken. Project outcomes will include informing the future development of the programme and will contribute to regional Maori health planning, policy development, purchasing and service delivery. These outcomes will in turn contribute to improved health and wellbeing outcomes for Maori mama and their pepi. The second component aims to provide an opportunity for the applicant to gain research experience that will in turn strengthen their practice as a Maori midwife and facilitator of Te Ha Ora.