June 04, 2020
Census data to reveal lost tribe
Nō hea koe? is the question the University of Auckland’s Lara Greaves will be asking for the next two years as she probes the connection between knowledge of whakapapa and access to health and social services.
Dr Greaves from Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kuri has received an emerging researcher grant from the Health Research Council for her project, The Māori in-between?
She says asking people where they are from is a common question in Te Ao Māori, but it can be challenging for some Māori who are unsure of their whakapapa links and may fall between mainstream social service providers and kaupapa Māori or iwi-based providers.
She will use census, survey and administrative data collected by Stats NZ to focus on those who do not identify with an iwi in the 2013 Census.
She wants to know whether the group is mainly Pākehā with Māori whakapapa they are not connected to or are they people who only identify their ethnicity as Māori, but do not know their iwi or are disconnected from their iwi.
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