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December 2014 Newsletter

posted 23 Dec 2014, 14:38 by Fiona Cram   [ updated 17 Feb 2015, 01:15 ]

Kia Ora and Season Greetings

It’s been a busy year at Katoa Ltd and we thought we’d take a quiet moment for review to let you know some of what’s been happening.

A lot of our work this past year has been about finding out what works for Māori across a number of different contexts, including health and education. The initiatives that work range from improving what happens in face-to-face interactions between individuals to changing policies and institutional settings so they are more welcoming and culturally responsive.

We are a small country. If we don’t know people, we know people who know people. This brings with it a caring and sense of responsibility for those who are vulnerable. Our hope is that our work will help feed those who are working hard in different settings to improve things for Māori whānau (families), and that together our work will contribute to the elimination of Māori disparities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ngā mihi mahana ki a koe me tou whānau – Warm greetings to you and your family, Fiona Cram, Director, Katoa Ltd

Māori Access to Health Services

Māori wellbeing is the foundation of Māori development

In June this year a project funded by the Ministry of Health culminated in the release by Katoa Ltd of five reports examining Māori access to cancer, cardiovascular, and cancer health services. Literature reviews of what works to improve access for Māori, Indigenous, and other minority people in each of these areas were conduced, along with interviews with Māori and non-Māori health practitioners and other health informants. The Research Report provides an overview of the information collected.

The reports informed the Ministry of Health’s framework for Equity of Health Care for Māori.

Measuring Māori Wellbeing

Fiona’s commentary on Measuring Māori Wellbeing was published this year in the MAIJournal. This paper follows up on Mason Durie’s 2006 exploration of Māori-specific measures of Māori wellbeing. The role of population-based statistical measures of Māori wellbeing as well as more personal measures of how people are getting on are examined. Fiona concluded the paper with a haka written by Timoti Kāretu, and by saying that “It may well be that the cultural responsiveness of hapū and iwi wellbeing measures can only be assured when the development, implementation and analysis of measurement tools rests with hapū and iwi” (p.28).

Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons

This year saw the release of an edited volume on Māori and Pasifika tertiary education, as part of the Emerald Insight series on book series on Diversity in Higher Education.

Fiona, Hazel Phillips, Clark Tuagalu and Pale Sauni edited the volume. We also authored the opening and closing chapters of the book. It was a great experience to work with a collection of talented authors and to gather together their insights into what works for Māori and Pasifika students in our tertiary education institutions.

Kaupapa Māori and Culturally Responsive Evaluation

The writing that’s been happening about Kaupapa Māori evaluation as a local variety of culturally responsive evaluation will come to fruition early in 2015 with the release of ‘Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice’. Fiona and her colleagues have three chapters in this book:

  • Being culturally responsive through Kaupapa Maori evaluation
  • Beginning a conversation about spirituality in Māori and Pasifika evaluation
  • Culturally responsive methods for family centred evaluation

The volume can be ordered from Information Age Publishing.

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation Workshop

In September my friend and colleague Nicky Bowman and I presented our very first workshop on culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation, at the CREA Conference in Chicago. This was a really exciting time for us both as we shared about our work and heard from others about how they were doing Indigenous evaluation.

‘E Hine’ – Journeys of Young Māori Women into Motherhood

Fiona Cram is collaborating with colleagues the Women's Health Research Centre on this Kaupapa Māori longitudinal qualitative study of young Māori women (<20 years) being pregnant and becoming mothers. This year the babies of the women in this project turned 2. The Ministry of Health funded us to undertake another round of interviews with the women. We also continued to analyse and write about what they and their whānau had been sharing with us. This year a paper about the care these young women received when they first found they were pregnant was published.

Kia Ora

Katoa Ltd

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