Pacific Masters Scholarship of $25,000: Maori and Pacific in severe housing deprivation research


Titiro Whakamuri, Kōkiri Whakamua: tamariki and families in

severe housing deprivation:

Pacific Masters candidate scholarship opportunity


Kia manuia and warm Pacific greetings. We have an exciting Pacific Masters candidate scholarship opportunity within the Titiro Whakamuri, Kōkiri Whakamua research-practice partnership funded by the Health Research Council.


The purpose of the programme of research is to gather evidence for and with Māori and Pacific families in severe housing deprivation in the Waikato region, and to partner with health and social service agencies providing support for family wellbeing within this environment. Our aims and objectives are to quantify the burden of severe housing deprivation in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, and to particularly understand the wellbeing enablers, barriers and challenges for our Māori and Pacific families in order to enhance health and social service delivery.


Titiro Whakamuri, Kōkiri Whakamua takes a mixed-method approach which includes quantitative epidemiology and detailed qualitative needs assessment with families. Our team of predominantly Māori and Pacific researchers and service providers is co-led by Dr Nicole Coupe at Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust and Rachel Karalus at K’aute Pasifika. We are also supported by Associate Professor Polly Atatoa Carr in the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) within Te Wānanga o Ngā Kete (Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, & Social Sciences) at the University of Waikato. Our team and advisors have established regional and national connection to policy and programme development in housing, service delivery, health equity and wellbeing.


Within our research funding application we have secured generous scholarship support for a Pacific Masters degree candidate who will receive financial and academic support, including supervision and scholarship, to undertake research in this area – specifically the development and delivery of the Talanoa methodology with a small number of Pacific families in Kirikiriroa Hamilton. We anticipate that this research will involve opportunities to detail and highlight the inherent strengths in our Pacific communities, as well as barriers to service provision, coordination and wellbeing. This student will also be provided with the opportunity to connect further to the Titiro Whakamuri, Kōkiri Whakamua research programme and its related networks.


This opportunity could be relevant for students within a range of study programmes, including (but not restricted to) Te Wānanga o Ngā Kete (Division of Arts, Law, Psychology, & Social Sciences); Te Huataki Waiora (School of Health); Te Pua Wananga ki te Ao (Māori and Indigenous Studies), and other relevant areas.


I would be more than happy to discuss this further,

Kia manuia,

Polly Atatoa Carr


Dr Polly Atatoa Carr I Associate Professor

National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis

Te Rūnanga Tātari Tatauranga

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences I Te Kura Kete Aronui

The University of Waikato I Private Bag 3105 I Hamilton 3240

and

Public Health PhysicianI Child Health I Waikato District Health Board

T: +64 7 858 5040 I M: +64 21 2703326 I polly.ac@waikato.ac.nz

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