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.



Tomo Mai was the first in depth investigation into the services offered by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for Māori, as evaluated by Māori rangatahi. 

Pataka were used traditionally by Māori to store foods for nourishment and sustenance. The ORA database plays a similar role but in storing essential mental health data.

Cultural support for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) workforce. 

A ready access database providing valuable research, literature, and conference papers relating to Māori mental health.

Articles on projects making a significant impact on our understanding of indigenous wellbeing in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural settings.

Easy access to indigenous social media tools for District Health Boards (DHBs), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Kura in Aotearoa. 

Waka Hourua, a suicide prevention programme, promotes Māori and Pasifika communities to build capacity in preventing suicide and support to respond safely and effectively when and if suicide occurs.