The Oranga Tāne Māori research project explored the views of tāne Māori (Māori men) with a chronic disease or cancer, and their whānau (families), to discover how they experienced their health care in relation to whānau ora (healthy families). The fi rst phase of developing this research involved developing a local whānau ora framework called Te Korowai. Interviews were undertaken with 47 tāne Māori with chronic disease or cancer and 15 support people. The men had received or were currently receiving care for one or more chronic diseases.
The use of whānau ora (healthy families) to represent individual health while also encompassing the collective of family means there is a need to address connectedness that goes beyond wider family structures to include health, education and social service providers. The views of kaumātua (Māori elders) were sought through a series of hui (meetings) to develop an understanding of the term “whānau ora” and its practical application.