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Katoa Ltd is a Māori - Indigenous research organisation that undertakes Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori) research and evaluation, as well as offering a range of research and evaluation trainingKatoa Ltd was established in 2003 by Dr Fiona Cram.

Look in Current Projects for what's happening now, and in Completed Projects for information on past work.


Katoa Ltd is affiliated with CREA, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

What's new?

New publication: Stevenson, K., Cram, F., Filoche, S. & Lawton, B. (2020). Impact on whānau wellbeing of transfer to secondary or tertiary hospitals after a disruption to the birthing journey. MAI Journal – A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship9(2), 121-132. DOI: 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.2.3.

New publication: Wilson, D., Crengle, S. & Cram, F. (2020). Improving the quality of mortality review equity reporting: Development of an Indigenous Māori responsiveness rubric. International Journal for Quality in Health Carehttps://doi.org/10.1093/intqhc/mzaa084

New publication: Chouinard, Jill & Cram, Fiona (2020). Culturally responsive approaches to evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

New publication: Cram, F., Te Huia, B., Te Huia, T., Williams, M.M. & Williams, N. (2019). Oranga and Māori Health Inequities, 1769-1992. Prepared for the Ministry of Health. Download from the Ministry of Justice here.

Opening paragraph 
The voyagers who came from East Polynesia to Aotearoa New Zealand from around the mid-thirteenth century brought with them a way of knowing, a worldview and sets of knowledge (mātauranga Māori), all valid in their own right (Hikuroa, 2017, p.5). Such traditional knowledge and culture contributed to Māori creativity, cultural practice and an understanding of everything visible and invisible in the universe, including wellbeing (Hikuroa, 2017, p.6). Māori both adapted to and reshaped their new environment, creating a cultural landscape that supported ‘oranga’, a holistic state of wellness. By maintaining a balance between the natural, spiritual, cultural, social and political environment, Māori thrived as an indigenous people. How Māori prospered as a strong and vibrant indigenous people was (and still is) intimately tied to three culturally specific principles or determinants of oranga: whakapapa (genealogy), whenua (land) and whānau (kin).

New publication: Short, J., Cram, F., Roguski, M., Smith, R. & Koziol-McLain, J. (2019). Thinking differently: Re-framing family violence responsiveness in the mental health and addictions health care context. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing28, 1206-1216. doh:10.1111/inm.12641.

New publication: Cram, F. (2019). Measuring Māori children's wellbeing: A discussion paper. MAI Journal8(1), 16-32. doi:10.20507/MAIJournal.2019.8.1.2 

Fiona Cram can now be found on Amazon Author Central.

Contact us if you'd like a copy of any of the papers mentioned.

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