Current Projects

Homes and Spaces for Generations | Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua, 2020-2024

This programme of research, co-led by Dr Kay Saville-Smith and Dr Fiona Cram, recognises New Zealand’s severe undersupply of functional, affordable housing and the consequent problems of homelessness and exclusion, the drag imposed on communities and local economies, and the environmental and resilience risks presented by the persistent undersupply of affordable housing. 

Ngā Tau Tuangahuru - Māori and Pacific Education Initiative 10-year longitudinal evaluation, 2015-2025

Foundation North, in conjunction with the Centre for Social Impact

The Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI) was Foundation North's (previously the ASB Community Trust) flagship investment in community-based programmes and services to improve educational outcomes for Māori and Pacific children and young people. 
Overall these initiatives have been very successful in engaging students and their families in education, and facilitating students’ educational achievement. Students have caught up with and often surpassed the expectations of educational success set by national achievement standards.

This longitudinal study explores what happens to these students in the longer term, after they have stayed with an initiative for some time or moved on to other educational or employment opportunities. We ask whether the gains achieved by students will have a long-lasting impact upon their lives and the lives of those around them. The study is a collaborative endeavour with five of the MPEI initiatives - asking questions that are important to them, and building the capacity of community researchers through their involvement with the study. The first round of data collection will occur in 2017.

In late 2016 the study was given the name Nga Tau Tuangahuru, which translates to ‘looking beyond for ten more years’, by Foundation North Kaumatua Kevin Prime.

The first round of interviews with Māori and Pasifika families took place in 2016. The findings from this round are available as infographics that can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. The second round of interviews with families and with children and young people was completed in 2019. Results from this round will be available in 2020.


Trotman, R., Cram, F., Samu, T., Becroft, M., Theodore, R., Trinick, T. with Pt England Primary School, Manaiakalani, Sylvia Park School, Rise UP Trust, He Puna Marama Trust, Oceania Careers Academy & High Tech Youth. Investing in ‘success’ as Māori and Pacific: The collaborative development of Ngā Tau Tuangahuru, a longitudinal study. Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aromatawai4, 87-100.

Whānau Manaaki, 2016-2021

Health Research Council of New Zealand programme grant to the Centre for Women's Health Research, University of Victoria, Wellington

This project is being led by Dr Beverley Lawton, alongside Dr Stacie Gellar, Dr Fiona Cram and Dr Liza Edmonds. 

Whānau Manaaki is a Kaupapa Māori research programme that builds on our joint work and research findings to address Māori maternal-child health disparities. It puts the woman and her whānau at the centre and explores the health care delivery system and structural determinants of health (e.g. housing, racism, transport, income, education) that impact on the health and well being of Māori women and their babies. This will enable us to understand what needs ‘fixing’ to improve well-being for Māori whānau.


Adcock, A., Storey, F., Lawton, B., Bennett, M., Lambert, C., Edmonds, L., Stevenson, K., Geller, S. & Cram, F. (2019). He Korowai Manaaki: mapping assets to inform a strength-based, Indigenous-led wrap-around maternity pathway. Australian Journal of Primary Care - Published online: 21 October 2019.

He Tapu Te Whare Tangata (the sacred house of humanity): Exploration of the cervical screening clinical pathway following offer of HPV self-test, 2017-2020

Health Research Council of New Zealand project grant to the Centre for Women's Health Research, University of Victoria, Wellington

Even though cervical cancer is preventable, our current screening programme is failing Māori women. There are unacceptable disparities experienced by Māori women, from access to screening to mortality. Māori women are twice as likely to die from cervical cancer than non- Māori women.  Our project - He Tapu Te Whare Tangata - aims to increase cervical screening coverage through HPV self-testing, delivered through community-based health practices.  We will use technology that screens women for infection with the types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that cause cervical cancer. The project is Māori led and Māori centred. It will improve the detection of pre-cancerous lesions in Māori women and aims ultimately to reduce the unnecessary inequity in mortality from a preventable cancer that disproportionately affects Māori women. If successful, it will inform the National Screening Unit policy on the rollout of HPV screening.

Fiona Cram,
5 Jan 2020, 20:34