October 30, 2017
Waipareira report shows community working together
Thirty years of the west Auckland Maori community working together to tackle its problems and opportunities has been distilled in to a new research report for Te Whanau o Waipareira.
Waipareira is one of the country's most successful Maori organisations, with more than 30 years of delivering health, welfare, education and economic services to its West Auckland community.
Three years ago it set up a research unit so it could put some academic rigor behind its advocacy as it took on the government bureaucracies that try to prescribe solutions for Maori individuals and whanau.
Funding from the Health Research Council enabled it to conduct the study behind Ka Pu Te Wai o Pareira: Catalysts of Whanau Health and Well Being in West Auckland.
Wai Research director Tanya Allport says interviews with three generations of whanau revealed a story of a community finding ways to learn and grow together.
She says whanau understand instinctively the holistic nature of health.
They were also looking for ways to access and participate in a community, to express their culture in an urban environment, to have some place that was sympathetic to their dreams and aspirations, and to have leadership emerge from their own whanau and community.
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