Here you will find our resources and publications that we have authored alongside amazing talented academics and friends, as well as resources of interest. Please enjoy and would love any feedback that you have to offer.

These are important messengers for health practitioners regarding the importance of engagement and connection with our Māori whānau. To the left we have a common criticism by health professionals that say they don’t have time to connect with whānau in their consultation. Below is the response from whānau. This speaks to the importance of connection and cultural safety where health professionals have more power in the relationships with whānau. Kawa whakaruruhau should remain at the centre of health practitioner engagement – no longer should we reduce our practice to competencies.

My research papers

Click on the links below which will open the direct link to the papers.

‘You can’t really define it can you?’ Rangatahi perspectives on hauora and wellbeing

In this paper, we share findings from an in-depth, collaborative qualitative research project exploring rangatahi hauora. A central purpose of our work has been to find ways to enliven and challenge existing discourse on youth wellbeing with the voices and perspectives of diverse young people.

Whanaungatanga: A space to be ourselves

The paper highlights a shared
health system experience expressed by CVD
patients as their yearning for whanaungatanga
(relationship, kinship, connection) and
reciprocal and responsive relationships; a space
to be ourselves, to be Māori.

Health Literacy in Action

This article reports on an analysis of qualitative data collected for a kaupapa Māori evaluation of a Cardiovascular Disease Medications Health Literacy Intervention.

Kaupapa Māori Evaluation: A collaborative Journey

The interpretation and practice of kaupapa Māori evaluation take many forms, each involving its own set of considerations, challenges and outcomes. This paper explores the complexities involved in a collaborative journey through an evaluation project where kaupapa Māori evaluation was a guiding principle, highlighting its successes and challenges.


This research promotes reclamation of health literacy as a space for Māori to be ourselves; a space that is negotiated, adaptive, and shaped by people, whānau (family group) and communities.

Kaupapa Māori Evaluation: Transforming Health Literacy

This is my PhD thesis. It includes the four papers above and additional chapters on my approach & practice, findings, Indigenous health literacy and conclusion chapter on where to from here?

What happens when the pills go home?

This study presents a view of how medications are acculturated into Māori homescapes, relationships and daily routines. The use of health technologies by health professionals to interrupt illness and improve quality of life must be cognisant of the cultural contexts into which medications are prescribed.

Medications and meanings in Maori households with chronic illnesses

This is my Masters thesis. I explore the meanings and use of medications within four Māori households containing at least one chronically ill householder. Within a Māori whānau context, the values of maanakitanga, rangatiratanga, and whanaungatanga were recognised as having an integral role in understanding the social practices with medications in each household.

Below are links to our blog that give you more insight into the current kaupapa we are working on.

Let’s build something together.

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