Our Research Programme
Te Kīwai Rangahau is the Research and Evaluation arm of Te Rau Matatini based in Kirikiriroa Hamilton at Te Rūnanga o Kirikiroa.
This in-house service allows us to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of our own programmes and help others in the sector who need research expertise. We are also building our own indigenous evidence base so we can show people what works for Māori and for other indigenous communities.
As programmes or literature are evaluated it gives us an insight into innovative approaches to Māori well-being and it helps us reveal best practice in the sector, spanning the ages. We look at individuals in the context of their whānau and their environment. If one of those elements is unbalanced, we strive to correct it with the holistic view in mind.
Our research is not deficit focused, on disease or disorder. We look at what is good about our spirituality and our values and we focus on what is working for whānau, our strengths. The aim is to then disseminate that information in a way that is easy to understand and accessible to everyone.