Māori conceptions of ageing are traditionally positive and are a strength within many Māori communities. This feasibility study will build on this premise through a pilot study within the two Māori communities of Takahiwai and Ngati Wai. The study will generate emergent themes that are specific to Māori and will provide guidance and data suitable for inclusion within a larger subsequent study. Participants within this feasibility study will have the opportunity to define what it means to age well for Māori within the context of their own community and to contribute their understandings of ageing to broader discussions around ageing within New Zealand.
The study will indicate whether participant selection procedures and data-gathering and analysis methods will provide the necessary data to draw conclusions around what it means to age well for Māori communities within the region. The project team has designed a research pathway that brings together kaupapa Māori methods with multi-sited ethnography, focus groups, individual interviews and community disseminations. The proposed study will test the methodology of engagement with older Māori within their communities and the effectiveness of a kaupapa Māori approach in generating information that is applicable to the delivery of health and health-care recommendations to communities and health- care providers.