At the end of 2017, Dr Kahu McClintock (Research Manager, Te Rau Matatini) was awarded close to $800,000 by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Ministry of Health for the Indigenous Solutions Research programme.
Time and time again evidence has shown the importance of culture in programmes addressing mental health for Indigenous people. The Indigenous Solutions Research programme seeks to demonstrate the outcomes when culture is embedded into practice. The Indigenous Solutions Research programme will test Indigenous approaches with Māori and Pacific at-risk youth. Te Rau Matatini is carrying out the Māori component of this research in partnership with Cindy Mokomoko from Te Puna Hauora ki Uta ki Tai in the Bay of Plenty and Eugene Davis from Te Ahurei a Rangatahi in Hamilton. These two partnerships have led to the creation of two projects, Mana Rangatahi and E Oho Rangatahi.
Mana Rangatahi involves working with rangatahi Māori in secondary schools who have been identified as having issues with anxiety, violence, alcohol, drug abuse or depression. E Oho Rangatahi is a marae-based programme working with male rangatahi Māori to strengthen their connections to Te Ao Māori (Māori culture) in order to assist them to achieve positive outcomes in the future.
Te Kīwai Rangahau (Te Rau Matatini Research and Evaluation) recently completed the literature review for this project, available now in the Te Rau Matatini Publications and Resources section of our website.