The Centre For Informed Futures

Me tupu i a wīwī, me tupu i a wāwā

An intergenerational project vital to the ongoing growth and success of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei

A partnership between Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Māia and Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures

Our aim is to improve the health of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei over all stages of life and across generations.
“Me tupu i a wīwī, me tupu i a wāwā” speaks of Ihenga’s prophecy for his people. Although small in number, they will grow here, there, and everywhere, being strong and resilient, in the heat of it all.

Tēnā koe

Covid lockdown has prevented us from having the hui to let you know about this project, what has ignited it, who is involved, and to hear what you, the iwi, think about this kaupapa and what your interests or issues are. However, we hope that we can meet in person in the new year. In anticipation of a hui, this webpage will give you a brief overview of the project.

Who are we ?

This is an iwi driven, and iwi directed project, because it is all about us, and for us, the people of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, our health, our wellbeing and ultimately our future. It is led by Rangimarie Hunia, Chief Executive of Whai Māia.

We have a team of researchers from Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures supporting us. You can see the names and photos of the research team further down  the webpage. 

What will we be doing?

Before we can start to think about how to improve the health and wellbeing of all iwi members, we need to start with a better understanding of how things are at the moment. We therefore want to gather as much information as we can on a wide range of measures. This data collection and analysis phase of our project has 2 main stages:

Stage 1: Stocktake and analysis of existing data
We will start by pulling together all of the data that Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei already collects, assessing what we can learn from it, and identifying what further information would be helpful.

Stage 2: Further information collection
We will then look to fill in any gaps identified in stage 1. This will involve drawing on data collected by government agencies, such as through the census.
In addition, we will survey iwi members directly.

Our view on health and wellbeing

We are taking a multidimensional approach to understanding health and wellbeing, including Taha tinana (physical health), Taha wairua (spiritual health), Taha whānau (family health), and Taha hinengaro (mental health).

As part of the project, we will look at the best ways to measure the impact of the programmes and services offered to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei members to support their health and wellbeing

Protecting your privacy

Together we want to ensure the best for the iwi: that the project aligns with our own tikanga principles, as well as the iwi goals and aspirations. The research will be conducted with rigorous ethical consideration and oversight from the iwi and from the University of Auckland, that ensures the utmost respect, privacy, and safety of all those of the iwi participating directly in the project and all iwi who form the profile of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei.

We understand how sensitive this data is, and how important it is to use it appropriately and protect your privacy. None of the data we analyse will include names or contact details of individuals. Access to the data will be limited to the members of the research team. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will retain sovereignty and ownership of all the data collected and the results of our analysis.

Questions ?

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Rowena Dunn, Whai Māia’s Kaiārahi Rangahau at rowenad@nwo.iwi.nz or 021 240 5980.

The Research Team

Many threads to our kete

  Peter Gluckman Koi Tū Director 

  Anne Bardsley Koi Tū Deputy Director 

  Shazeaa Salim Whai Māia Collective Impact

  Michael Courtenay Ōrākei Health

  Charles Royal Mātauranga Māori Advisor

  Te Arahi August Oranga Tamariki

Atakura Hunia Whai Māia Collective Impact

  Felicia Low Human Development

 Chloe Wilkinson Public Health

  Rangimarie Hunia Whai Māia Chief Executive

  Rowena Dunn Kaiārahi Rangahau Whai Māia

  Andrew Sweet Economic Analyst

  Dawnelle Clyne Economic Analyst

Shaideigh Pako Whai Māia Collective Impact

  Kristiann Allen Social Analyst & Ethics Advisor

Paul Spoonley Demographic & Social Analyst

  Kirimoana Wiloughby Ōrākei Health

  Desiree Donaldson Whānau Ora