The Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Project:
empowering older Māori through peer education

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The Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Project project sought to address the mana motuhake (identity, autonomy) of kaumātua (older Māori aged 55 or older). It investigated the health outcomes of a ‘tuakana-teina’ (mentoring) peer-educator model, and result in evidence-based interventions to meet social and health needs of kaumātua and their whānau.

Led by Ageing Well Principal Investigator, Professor Brendan Hokowhitu of the University of Waikato, one of the innvovative aspects of this research was the research team partnering with the Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust (RKCT). This partnership meant that KRCT was directly involved in the research, and they worked side-by-side with the research team. 

Read more about the project in our Research Spotlight on the Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Project here or on the PDF reader below. 


The team has expanded their research in their Ageing Well Phase 2 funded programme, entitled ‘Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Poi’. For more information about the KMM Poi programme, please visit the KMM Poi website