September 20, 2018
Māori birthing studies win suffrage boost
A Ngāi Tahu scholar who wants to incorporate traditional indigenous birthing knowledge and practices into maternity services and midwifery education has is the recipient of this year’s Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Award.
Kelly Waiana Tikao is in her fourth year of PhD study at the University of Canterbury.
She’s also a registered nurse with 20 years experience now working for the Canterbury District Health Board in child and youth mental health.
Trust chair Judith Sutherland says Ms Tikao’s Masters thesis and film on traditional Māori birthing practices has generated considerable public interest.
She says the trust aims to help talented women achieve their dreams, and the research will be very important not only to New Zealand but to overseas as well.
The $2500 award named for New Zealand’s leading advocate of voting rights for women is for further education, study, research or training in areas which are of value to the community.
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