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New publication: Dhunna, S., Lawton, B. & Cram, F. An affront to her mana: Young Māori mothers’ experiences of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. First Published On-line December 17, 2018. Request this paper.

New publication: Check out the papers in volume 4 of Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aramatawai, our local evaluation journal. The journal is open access so you can look at and download these papers for free.

New publication: The New Directions for Evaluation volume on Indigenous Evaluation is now available on line. There are seven chapters from around the world, along with an Editors introduction to Indigenous Evaluation and a concluding chapter summing up the key messages from the volume. Download the concluding chapter here.

New from Stanford University Press: 'Tackling Wicked Problems in Complex Ecologies: The Role of Evaluation', edited by Rodney Hopson and Fiona Cram. You can also read a commentary about this book.

Rangatahi (young people) youth justice report delivered to Iwi Chairs forum by Judge Caroline Henwood, Henwood Trust, Thursday 30 November 2017, Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand. (picture on right)

New publication: Filoche, S.K., Cram, F., Lawton, B.A., Beard, A. & Stone, P. (2017). Implementing non-invasive prenatal testing into a publicly funded antenatal screening services for Down syndrome and other conditions. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth17: 344. 

New publication: Cram, F. Kaupapa Māori health research. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in health and social sciences. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

Family Violence Death Review Committee: Fifth Report Data now available.

New publication: Adcock, A., Lawton, B. & Cram, F. (2016). E Hine: talking about Māori teen pregnancy with government groups. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples12(4), 380-395. DOI: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.4.4.

Check out the profile of Katoa Ltd in a May 2016 UNESCO report about Indigenous Research Methodologies.

New publication: Mertens, D.M. & Cram, F. (2016). Integration tensions and possibilities. Indigenous research and social transformation. International Review of Qualitative Research9(2), 185-191.

New publication: Cram, F. & Mertens, D.M. (2016). Negotiating solidarity between Indigenous and transformative paradigms in evaluation. Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aromatawai2, 161-189.

Paper on Kaupapa Māori evaluationCram, F. (2016). Lessons on decolonizing evaluation from Kaupapa Māori evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 30.3 (Special Issue), 296-312.

Paper from E Hine study on Māori teenage mothers' birthing experiences: Stevenson, K., Filoche, S., Cram, F. & Lawton, B. (2016). Lived realities: Birthing experiences of Māori women under 20 years of age. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples12(2), 124-137.

Paper from E Hine study on Māori teenage mothers' access to contraception published in Journal of Primary Health Care.

The Family Violence Death Review Committee released its Fifth Annual Report at the end of February 2016.

New publication: Volume 1 of Evaluation Matters - He Take Tō Te Aromatawai is available in July 2015.

Unpacking the evaluator’s toolbox: Observations on evaluation, privilege, equity and justice
New publication: The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry. With chapters by Fiona Cram, including a chapter co-authored with Donna Mertens on a conversation between transformative and Indigenous research paradigms.

New publication: Cram, F., Gulliver, P., Ota, R. & Wilson, M. (2015). Understanding overrepresentation of Indigenous children in child welfare data: An application of the Drake risk and bias models. Child MaltreatmentOnline first

Check out what happens when people write to Katoa Ltd and ask about things they want to know more about: Kia ora Katoa.

A new book from CREA, Continuing the Journey to Reposition Culture and Cultural Context in Evaluation Theory and Practice, can be ordered from Information Age Publishing. Fiona and her colleagues have three chapters in the book: Kaupapa Māori evaluation, Kaupapa Māori evaluation methods, and a conversation about spirituality in Māori and Pasifika evaluation.

Video clips from a park bench conversation between Fiona and Nicole Bowman, of Bowman Performance Consulting, in Minnesota about culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation: Working with you, not on you.

Commentary on the Agreements we make when we come together for a work or professional development meeting.Katoa Ltd year in review - December 2014 newsletter.

Reports on improving Māori access to health care now available.

Eighth Writer's Toolkit posted, 'Writing about Community-Up Research Values'.

Fiona's commentary on 'Measuring Māori Wellbeing' published in the MAI Journal, May 2014.

Now published from the E Hine research projectInitiation of maternity care for young Māori women under 20 years of age. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127.

Now published: Diversity in Higher Education. Volume 15. Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons. Check out the volume's contents on the Emerald Insight website.

Seventh Writer's Toolkit posted, 'Providing directions for readers'.

Research for Beginner's fourth section posted, 4. What should I do with the answers? - Ka aha ahau ki ngā whakautu?

Department of Corrections report on 'What works for Maori' is now available. "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 Maori succeed or improve outcomes in life." 

Conference Presentations page added to website, with a presentation from last year's Australasian Evaluation Society conference available for download.

Writer's Toolkit posts on the Whanau Ora Research website. Fiona is posting some hints and tips about how to get to that writing project. Check out the brief view on the Katoa website and follow-up with links to the postings on the Whanau Ora Research website.

News Blog - Talking about social justice through testimony

Research for Beginners - What's my question? He aha tāku pātai? This is the beginning of a nine-step guide to doing research for those who are just starting out as researchers. The second step, Who should I ask? Ka pātai ahau ki a wai? and third step, How should I ask? Me pēhea te pātai ki ngā tangata? have also been loaded.

Maori protocols for qualitative research

More links added about Maori and genetic engineering

Indigenous Pathways into Social Research

Voices of a New Generation
Donna M Mertens (Editor); Fiona Cram (Editor); Bagele Chilisa (Editor)

The stories of Māori researchers and evaluators are included in three chapters in this book. Read about the journeys of Cherryl Smith, Brad Coombes, Nan Wehipeihana, Kataraina Pipi, Vivienne Kennedy and Kirimatao Paipa. Fiona Cram, of Katoa Ltd, is one of the three editors of this volume that includes the stories of Indigenous researchers from around the globe. Read about their journeys as well as their research philosophies and approaches.

Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand

The Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group has released a paper outlining a package of proposed solutions to child poverty. Click here to read the paper, find out about the consultation and give your feedback on their ideas.

Paper on Whānau Ora & Action Research

Action Research is a participatory research method in which research is then undertaken to answer the question, with the findings reflected upon for their practice implications. Practice is then changed in response to the research findings and the resultant changes and the outcomes they produce are researched or evaluated. The philosophical underpinnings of Action Research align well with the principles of Whānau Ora and with Māori research methodologies.

Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty

Fiona has agreed to be part of the Children's Commissioner's EAG on Solutions to Child Poverty. For more information from the Office of the Children's Commissioner on children and poverty, see the Summer 2011 - No.79 issue of Children.

Safety of subsequent children - Māori children and whānau

A review of selected literatureFiona's paper on care and protection has released by the Families CommissionThe Commission has also released its own companion literature review on families with children in care and the safety of subsequent children.

Chapter on Poverty

Fiona's chapter on Poverty has been published the book 'Māori and Social Issues', edited by Tracey McIntosh and Malcolm Mulholland, and published by Huia with the assistance of Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga.

25th Anniversary of the Closure of the Whakatu Freezing Works, October 2011

Fiona Cram and Bridget Robson, Te Rōpū Rangahau a Eru Pomare (University of Otago Wellington) had the honour of attending the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Whakatu Freezing Works, Whakatu, Hawke's Bay. We spoke about the research that's been conducted in collaboration with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated on the health effects of the closure of the Whakatu and Tomoana Freezing Works, including the dissertation of our departed friend, relation and colleague Vera Keefe Ormsby. Information about the research is available here.

Māori Victims of Crime research quoted by Te Ururoa Flavell, MP for Waiariki, in the Māori Party's speech for the first reading of the Victims of Crime Reform Bill.

September 2011

Tū Mai Rā, the Hawke's Bay District Health Board Māori Health Plan, is released. 

You can download it from the Māori Health page on the DHB's website.

12 April 2011

Whānau Ora Health Impact Assessment of the Cultural and Clinical Nursing Support and Training Programme

This March 2010 report to the Hawke's Bay District Health Board was prepared by Rob Quigley, Celia Murphy (Quigley and Watts Ltd), and Fiona Cram (Katoa Ltd). The report is now available on the Ministry of Health website.

28 March 2011

Māori Oral Health Research Reports

Three oral health research reports were launched at the Te Ao Marama - New Zealand Dental Association Hui a Tau (annual conference) on Friday 25 March, 2011, at Waitangi, Bay of Islands.

  • Future Directions for a Māori Dental Therapy Workforce Find out more about the report here.
  • Evaluation of the Māori Oral Health Providers Project  A project to enhance the capacity and capability of Māori oral health providers to deliver oral health services in their communities. Find out more about this report here.
  • Oranga Waha - Oral Health Research Priorities for Maori Low-income adults, kaumātua, and Māori with disabilities, special needs and chronic health conditions. Find out more about this report here.

7 March 2011

Māori collectives - Research methods to capture whānau realities

A hard copy version of the special issue of MAI Review, containing the 'Researching with Whānau Collectives' papers was launched on Wednesday 23 March 2011, the Fale, 20 Wynyard Street, University of Auckland.

17 December 2010

Māori collectives - Research methods to capture whānau realities

The MAI Review journal containing the 'Researching with Whānau Collectives' papers is NOW LIVE
A hard copy of the journal will be launched early in 2011. Contact us if you would like to be on the mailing list for this hard copy (

24 November 2010

Whānau Ora Integrated Services Delivery A report to the Ministry of Health by Mauriora ki te Ao - Living Universe Ltd. 

Katoa Ltd was recently involved in this research conducted by Mauriora ki te Ao, and the report was launched today by the Associate Minister for Health, the Hon. Tariana Turia at the Health: The Wealth of the Nation Symposium at AUT. Ms Turia gave a fabulous speech about the importance of health and whānau ora, as well as providing an overview of the report. The report is available for download from the Ministry of Health website.

27 September 2010

Shifting Māori Health Needs 
Maori population trends, health service needs, and medical workforce requirements - issues arising
Research paper
This paper is written by Fiona Cram and published by the Ministry of Health. It is available for download here.