Māori Provider Organisations

Whānau Ora Action Research, Te Puni Kōkiri, 2010-2012

Fiona Cram

Fiona Cram was an Advisor to Te Puni Kōkiri for the Action Research component of the Whānau Ora initiative, and involved mostly in Phases 1-3 of the five phase Action Research process. Action Research is a participatory research method that begins with an initial question that is asked in order to inform practice. . As such, Action Research is well-placed to increase knowledge about the delivery of Whānau Ora services in a way that is responsive to providers/provider collectives and whānau, as well as informative for funding agencies about how they might best support the aspirations of providers/provider collectives and whānau. Read more about Action Research.


Cram, F. (2011). Whānau Ora & Action Research. Paper prepared for Te Puni Kōkiri, June 2011. Auckland: Katoa Ltd. Available for download from the Action Research page.

What Works for Māori, Department of Corrections, 2012

Les Williams and Fiona Cram

The purpose of this review was to study evidence from five major domains of endeavour to identify a common set of interventions, initiatives, approaches and practices that increases understanding of what helps Māori succeed or improve outcomes in life. The investigation concentrated on reviewing studies that produced evidence that contributed to this understanding. The domains of interest were economic development, education, health, whānau and wellness and the review covered a wide range of research evidence within each domain. The approach utilised a set of criteria to guide selection and analysis of literature and subjected the information and findings to a process of synthesis that was designed to identify the commonalities of success across the five domains. There were two stages of synthesis. One was at the end of the analysis of each domain and the other was an overall synthesis that informed the discussion and conclusions section.


Williams, L.R.T. & Cram, F. (2012). What works for Maori. Synthesis of selected literature. Wellington: Department of Corrections.

Kaitoko Whānau Evaluation, Te Puni Kōkiri, 2011

Fiona Cram, Vivienne Kennedy and Kirimatao Paipa

The evaluation of the Kaitoko Whānau programme was undertaken in 2011. Eleven host organisations, their Kaitoko Whānau, key community support people and agencies, and whānau were interviewed about the implementation of, and outcomes from, the programme. Read more

Kaupapa Māori Service Delivery - HPC Options Paper, 2011

Fiona Cram & Vivienne Kennedy

Over the past 30 years the number of Māori provider organisations has grown as Māori have seized opportunities to provide culturally appropriate services and to build their communities health and wellness. This options paper for the Hauora Provider Council in Hawke's Bay sets out a brief background to the DHB’s plan to restructure DHB-funded kaupapa Māori health services in the region. Following this is an examination of the literature on health provider restructuring. Feedback from the Māori health providers is then canvassed on the three options presented to them by the Hawke’s Bay DHB and a fourth provider-preferred option is described.

Māori Oral Health projects, 2010-11

Two projects were conducted in collaboration with Research Evaluation Consultancy. The first project was an evaluation of the Māori Oral Health Providers Project. The second project examined Future Directions for a Māori Dental Therapy Workforce. Read more

Building Maori Social Service Provider Capacity, 2007-08

In preparation for the evaluation of the Child Youth and Family Iwi and Māori Provider Development Fund (IMPDF) 2005-07 six Maori Provider NGOs participated in in-depth interviews about their experience of the Fund. In addition, data from the 2005 and 2007 IMPDF applications were analysed. Read more

Amokura Family Violence Prevention Strategy, Evaluation & Research Supervision, 2004-2007

Amokura (the Amokura Family Violence Prevention Strategy) was an integrated community-based initiative to address family violence in Tai Tokerau (Northland). The initiative was led by the Consortium (the Family Violence Prevention Consortium) made up of the Chief Executives of seven iwi authorities: Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu, Whaingaroa, Ngapuhi, Ngāti Whatua and Ngāti Wai. The Amokura initiative itself consisted of four project areas that provided ‘a whole of population approach to addressing family violence prevention’: research, education and promotion, professional development and training, and advocacy. Fiona Cram was the evaluator and research advisor for Amokura. Read more

Iwi and Māori Provider Workforce and Development Fund, 2004

The Iwi and Māori Provider Workforce and Development Fund (IMPWDF) was a capacity building initiative by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) to support the work of Māori and Iwi Provider NGOs of CYFS services. The first round of this fund was evaluated in 2003-04. Read more

Kaupapa Māori Governance, 2003

Kaupapa Māori sets out the theoretical framework within which ideas and research about governance are explored. Read more

Māori and Iwi Provider Success, 2002

Fifty-seven successful Iwi and Māori NGOs were interviewed in 2000-01 to find out what made them successful. Part of this project was also a review of the literature about Kaupapa Māori programmes and services. Read more

Kaupapa Māori Principles, Procedures and Practices, 2000

This project focused on the delivery of Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori) services from within 'mainstream' organisations. Read more