The indigenous development research agenda is centred on understanding and affecting social change. Kaupapa Māori theory (research theory and methodology that is uniquely Māori) and critical discourse analysis are two theoretical and methodological frameworks that can contribute to this broad agenda. The two frameworks are connected through critical theory, transdisciplinary approaches to research, tino rangatiratanga (chieftainship) and, most significantly, actualizing social change.
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.
This article explores the relevance of historical trauma theory for Māori research. In exploring the impact of historical trauma upon Māori it has become clear that the terminology associated with historical trauma theory is considered controversial in Aotearoa New Zealand. As such, this article provides an overview of key definitions relevant to historical trauma and explores these in relation to recent reporting related to the use of the terms “holocaust” and “genocide” in the context of colonization in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Pain is subjective and is therefore a complex and difficult health issue to address. In-depth understanding is required for improvements to be made in how it is managed. Research suggests that culture plays a role in pain experiences, but very little such research has been conducted in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Significant health disparities exist between Māori (the indigenous people) and Pākehā (New Zealanders of European descent), and could also exist in pain experience.