Completed Projects

He Mokopuna He Tupuna: Health and Wellbeing of Grandparents Raising Mokopuna 

Mokopuna DRJ

2008 -2010  |  Erihapeti Murchie PostDoctoral Fellowship

This research project was a study of the health and wellbeing of grandparents raising mokopuna. Within Māori society there is a longstanding tradition of children being raised by grandparents for knowledge, whakapapa and mana whenua reasons. Māori grandparents commonly raise mokopuna and when parenting breaks down, it is predominantly grandparents who take over care of the children. For Māori the numbers of grandparents raising mokopuna is rising significantly due largely to parenting breakdown.

Māori grandparents and their mokopuna are groups that are likely to be experiencing health problems and we already know that many grandparents will tend to put the needs of their mokopuna, children and parents before their own health needs. In this study Māori grandparents, parents and mokopuna are being interviewed alongside health professionals, to examine the health and wellbeing of the grandparents. This project was completed in 2010.

Researcher: Dr Cherryl Smith (Raising one mokopuna).

Publications list

Tupuna - Ngā Kaitiaki Mokopuna: A resource for Māori grandparents by Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith.