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Working with Tōmaiora

Tōmaiora research projects largely fall into broadly categorised research themes. If you are considering working with Tōmaiora researchers, you may wish to contact one of the researchers in a portfolio of interest. Alternatively, you may contact the Research Director Dr Matire Harwood.

Tōmaiora research unit acknowledges that Kaupapa Māori provides the foundational World views from which all of our research is driven. As such, Tōmaiora has developed a research procedures and protocols manual that describes Kaupapa Māori research principles and practices.

Please note that potential research projects are discussed at the Tōmaiora Business Meeting which is held monthly. Recommendations are made at the meeting and feedback will be given to potential collaborators.

If considering research with Tōmaiora, you may wish to:


Contact one of the researchers in a portfolio of interest – Themes

Contact the Director of Tōmaiora – Dr Matire Harwood

Research themes

Hauora Māori teaching and learning

This portfolio focuses on the development of an evidence-based indigenous health curriculum. This includes long-term development of a comprehensive Māori health curriculum delivered throughout all FMHS programmes

Māori health workforce development

This portfolio focusses on increasing the indigenous health workforce via recruitment and retention of appropriately qualified indigenous health professionals across the health sector.

Monitoring health inequities

This portfolio includes analysis of disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples as a means of monitoring government commitment to indigenous rights.

Health services

This portfolio includes research that monitors and improves healthcare and health outcomes for Māori and their whānau.


Kaupapa Māori theory and practice in research

This portfolio is led by Professor Papaarangi Reid and includes Kaupapa Māori Theory and its application to health research.

Te Ao Māori

This portfolio includes research that focuses on Te Ao Māori. This research stream acknowledges that Te Ao Māori plays a significant role within research and the wellbeing of communities.