Ageing And Maori

  • Principal Investigators

    Dr Catherine Love

    Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

    Mr Charles Waldegrave

    Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

    He Huarahi Whakapakari Kaumātuatanga

    He Huarahi Whakapakari Kaumātuatanga: A Kaumātua future proofing tool 

    From the Phase One “Loneliness and Isolation” project it was found that while loneliness as measured on a standard international scale, captures universal aspects of loneliness, it does not capture Māori specific aspects. As a consequence, service planning and policy setting may be working from imprecise evidence. The current project will develop an innovative “Kaumātua Future Proofing Tool” using the quantitative evidence from the Phase One research and some co-created qualitative research. This tool will provide an evidence-based checklist for people, organisations and Ministers designing services for a growing ageing Māori population.

    This study was funded under Ageing Well National Science Challenge Emergent Opportunities grant. 

  • Principal Investigators

    Professor Brendan Hokowhitu

    Waikato University

    Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Pōi

    This research aims to build on kaumātua strengths to enhance hauora (holistic approach to health) and mana motuhake (autonomy, identity and self-determination) through collaborative research network including academic and community researchers, kaumātua service providers and other stakeholders.

    Two health research projects will be conducted: i)  a tuakana-teina peer educator model where kaumātua help other kaumātua in need to identify and utilise key health and social services and ii) an inter-generational model for increasing physical activity and cultural knowledge exchange including te reo Māori.

    The projects include co-design and co-implementation processes with kaumātua, kaumātua service providers and other health and social service experts. Hauora and mana motuhake will be measured before and after the projects are implemented. The anticipated impacts include the creation of culturally appropriate and sustainable projects that support kaumātua to age well.

    For more information, please visit the Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Pōi page at Waikato.

    Related Information

    Newsletters: KMM Poi Project - November 2019   //   KMM  Poi Project - April 2020   //   KMM Poi Project - July 2020

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    Publications &


    Hokowhitu, B., Oetzel, J.G., Simpson, M.L., Nock, S., Reddy, R., Meha, P., Johnston, K., Jackson, A-M., Erueti, B., Rewi, P., Warbrick, I., Cameron, M.P., Zhang, Y., Ruru, S. (2020). Kaumātua Mana Motuhake Pōi: a study protocol for enhancing wellbeing, social connectedness and cultural identity for Māori elders. BMC Geriatrics 20(1):377.

    Simpson, M. L., Oetzel, J., Nock, S., Greensill, H., Meha, P., Reddy, R., . . . Hokowhitu, B. (2020). Maori becoming peer educators in later life: Impact on identity, wellbeing and social connectedness. Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbaa078

    Simpson, M. L., Greensill, H.-M., Nock, S., Meha, P., Harding, T., Shelford, P., . . . Reddy, R. (2020). Kaumātua mana motuhake in action: Developing a culture-centred peer support programme for managing transitions in later life. Ageing and Society, 40(8), 1822-1845. doi:10.1017/S0144686X19000370

    Oetzel, J. G., Cameron, M. P., Simpson, M. L., Reddy, R., Nock, S., Greensill, H., . . . Hokowhitu, B. (2020). Kaumātua Mana Motuhake: Peer education intervention to help Māori elders during later-stage life transitions. BMC Geriatrics, 20(1), 186. doi:10.1186/s12877-020-01590-z


    Oetzel, J. G., Hokowhitu, B., Simpson, M., Reddy, R., Cameron, M. P., Meha, P., . . . Smith, L. T. (2019). Correlates of health-related quality of life for Māori elders involved in a peer education intervention. Journal of Health Communication, 24(5), 559-569. doi:10.1080/10810730.2019.1637483


    Hokowhitu, B. (2017). Weaving past, present, and future. Journal of Indigenous wellbeing, Te Mauri- Pimatisiwin, 2(1), 2-3.

    Hokowhitu, B., Oetzel, J., Reddy, R., Smith, L., Simpson, M., Nock, S., et al. (2017). Kaumatua mana motuhake: Kaumatua managing life-transitions through tuakana-teina/peer education. In The New Zealand Medical Journal: Proceedings of the Waikato Clinical Campus Biannual Research Seminar,130, 108.

  • Principal Investigators

    Dr Catherine Love

    Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

    Tai Kaumātuatanga Older Māori Wellbeing and Participation

    As the number of older Māori increases there is a need to develop more information about their strengths and vulnerabilities. This research, through a country wide survey asking kaumātua about their experiences and quality of life, and a two year follow up, aims to provide information for policy formation, environmental planning and culturally responsive services. This survey will also be complemented by an in-depth qualitative study that asks them about their lives as kaumātua and their understanding of their roles, inter-generational relationships and the knowledge they pass on. The research will be co-designed with them to ensure that it can be of the most use to them and the groups they belong to. The research findings will contribute to better service provision and strengthen kaumātuatanga and kaumātua contribution to whānau and the country.



  • Principal Investigators

    Dr Marama Muru-Lanning

    The University of Auckland

    ‘Mā mua ka kite a muri; mā muri ka ora a mua’

    This research will explore intergenertational support for kaumātua health in two Tai Tokerau communities, using a kaupapa Māori approach and including qualitative, ethnographic and oral history techniques. Its objectives are to examine kaumātua, whanau, iwi and health services discourse on responsibility for kaumātua health. The research also aims to probe more deeply into historic, cultural and social context of well-being, health and health service usage in these rohe.

    This study was funded under Ageing Well National Science Challenge Emergent Opportunities grant.