September 15, 2023
Health research to find cyclone recovery gaps
A Hauraki women’s refuge has received a $300,000 grant from the Health Research Council’s Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Advancement Fund to look at the experiences of Māori during recent cyclones and floods on the Coromandel peninsula.
Te Whāriki Manawāhine o Hauraki says the study could help integrate the needs of Maori into civil defense planning.
Project manager Paora Crawford Moyle says this year’s flood response highlighted equity issues on the peninsula.
“Whilst a generator was needed for a particular community that didn’t have a lot, and a marae may have needed a generator, but we saw two or three of them going over in a helicopter to the more affluent side of Hauraki where the well to do people live. Those are things that we want to be able to talk about, and say what our needs are, and we don’t want to be missed out. We also deserve to have access to those sorts of resources that allow our people a better way of recovering,” she says.