People are living longer, healthier lives. International evidence suggests relatively high levels of wellbeing among people aged 85 and over; however, little is known about this advanced aged group in Aotearoa New Zealand, particularly indigenous Māori. Te Puāwaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu/Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ) is an investigation of non- Māori aged 85 years old and Māori aged 80 to 90 years old being undertaken by Māori and non- Māori qualitative and quantitative investigators.
Modern nations like Aotearoa-New Zealand have a history of subjecting indigenous and minority peoples to education experiences that abandon us, destroy our languages and cultures, and actively strive to assimilate us. Throughout the world, greater than ever numbers of indigenous communities are establishing their own educational structures and systems that are better suited to their linguistic. cultural, educational and economic development and advancement.