Māori Health Services across the Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards amalgamated in 2012; both DHBs are committed to addressing inequalities at all levels, including the research environment. The primary function of He Kamaka Waiora Māori Health Research Services is to support research capability and capacity, and it's available for research activity at both Waitemata and Auckland DHBs. http://staffnet/mhsresearch(external link)
Assessment of research projects' responsiveness to Māori is a component of the services offered by the Auckland DHB Research Office. The process enables researchers to meet the requirements of the Treaty of Waitangi and Tikanga Best Practice. The Auckland DHB research application forms both have a section for Responsiveness to Māori that must be completed for all projects. When you have submitted your application form and other study documents to the Research Office, the Māori review will be automatically organised for you. The review is performed either by the Māori Advisor for Research or the Kaupapa Māori Research Analyst but you do not need to contact them separately. The Auckland DHB Research Office will facilitate this review for you.
After the completion of the Māori research assessment, a letter of support will be sent to you showing that a process of formal research review has taken place.
The criteria used for Maori research assessment can be viewed through this intranet link https://www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/about-us/research-learning/maori-research/(external link)
The following are details that must be included in your participants' information sheets:
If you require Māori cultural support please contact the administrator for He Kamaka Waiora (Māori Health Team) by telephoning 09 486 8324 ext 42324
The assessment process above does not exclude your responsibility to undertake separate consultation with Māori regarding your research project. It is expected that some discussion will have been initiated in the development of your study. In the case of some internationally designed studies, it is expected that the processes by which the research will be implemented in New Zealand have also been considered and discussed.
Te Hononga Pūkenga - ‘the connection of experts’, was created by Ngā Pae
o te Māramatanga to make Māori and Indigenous research expertise,
location and contact information readily available, in response to the
need for stronger engagement between Māori Researchers and Government,
the wider public/private sector and to facilitate our communities to
access us as Māori & Indigenous researchers.