Koi Tū Project

Me tupu i a wīwī, me tupu i a wāwā

The Koi Tū Project is an intergenerational project vital to the ongoing growth and success of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Our aim is to ensure the best future of Ngāti Whātua 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.

Me tupu i a wīwī, i a wāwā, turia i te wera, piri ki te rito o te rengarenga,

waiho me whakapakari ki te hua o te kawariki.

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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.We have a team of researchers from Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures supporting us. 

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. 

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 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.


If you have any pātai please get in touch!