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our research

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.

This whakatauki talks to community, to collaboration and a strengths-based approach. It acknowledges that everybody has something to offer, a piece of the puzzle, and by working together we can all flourish.

We are always keen on understanding the communities we work in and providing a voice for whanau. We are keen kaupapa Maori researchers.

You will find some of our research below.

Mauri Ora


The research presented in this report used a kaupapa Māori approach to investigate whether the placement of the POD in the Maraenui community centre increased whānau engagement in PATU health and fitness activities and captured the community’s perception of the impact of this initiative on wellbeing. How the research helped to inform local policies and ongoing support to facilitate the successful and sustainable implementation of the M.E.K.E. initiative in Maraenui and for it to be rolled out into other high deprivation communities was also explored. 

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The Meke Meter™: Exploring the wellbeing and quality of life of New Zealanders during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) originated from Wuhan, China in 2019. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the world today. While the national 2020 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ) was successful from a disease containment perspective, its impact on the wellbeing of individuals must be explored. The aim of this study was to explore the quality of life (QoL) and wellbeing of New Zealanders during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 using the online Meke Meter™ app. The Meke Meter™ is a subjective hauora (holistic health and wellbeing) self-assessment tool developed in consultation with indigenous communities. As part of the research, participants were also asked about the usefulness of the Meke Meter™ and whether they intended to continue using it.

Using the Meke Meter to Understand Rangatahi Hauora in the Aotearoa New Zealand Secondary School Context

In Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ), many rangatahi (adolescents) are not experiencing good quality of life (QoL), which negatively impacts their wellbeing. Wellbeing affects adolescents’ engagement with learning, social and emotional behaviour, and overall satisfaction with life and with school. In the NZ tertiary education setting, the Meke Meter™ was found to be a quick and simple tool that benefited both students and educators through increased awareness and knowledge of the student’s wellbeing and the various aspects that contribute to it. The Meke Meter™ is an indigenous, holistic self-reflection tool that has minimal text and does not require the user to write but instead score themselves for various aspects that contribute to their overall health and wellbeing.  The purpose of this study was to answer the question: Is the Meke Meter™ an appropriate tool for capturing the self-evaluated wellbeing status of rangatahi in a secondary school setting?

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