2023 He pounga waihoe nā ō mātua symposium

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Symposium of Māori experiences of intergenerational trauma, recovery and healing

Date: 18 August 2023
9:00am to 5pm
Pūtiki Pā
30 Takarangi St

This is an in-person event and will not be live streamed.

Cost: No charge for this event. However, if you register and then are not able to make it, please ensure you tell us straight away so we can offer your seat for others

Key note presenters:

Prof. Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Dr. Rāwiri Tinirau

The new research programme at Te Atawhai o Te Ao ‘He pounga waihoe nā ō mātua’, translates to the water which is displaced by the paddle of our ancestors. It acknowledges that the decisions of our ancestors to create a forward motion, require consistent effort that ripple and impact all aspects of life. More importantly, the work we do now, impacts our whānau now and into the future. The new programme recognises that in order for action to be initiated and momentum to be maintained that advances whānau health and well-being, we need to draw on our traditional knowledge as we navigate through unchartered waters. The new programme proposes five overall research projects, based on Whanganui whakataukī that align with our research priorities for the next seven years:

  • Wairua: Spiritual nourishment and reciprocity. Whānau health and well-being is underpinned and sustained by spiritual connotations, often connected to atua and the environment
  • Waiata: Cultural recovery and prosperity. Whānau identity is deeply rooted in cultural tenets influenced by the environment, and addressing intergenerational trauma requires holistic, innovative, culturally appropriate methods of recovery and healing
  • Waiora: Environmental well-being and enhancement. Whānau well-being and the natural environment are interconnected. Efforts that enhance the environment will lead to better health outcomes for whānau who are recovering from intergenerational trauma.
  • Waimāori: Social resilience and identity. Whānau-led recovery must be cognisant of contemporary challenges that impact on whānau resilience and identity, and there are multiple influencers that can work collaboratively to support whānau in achieving their aspirations
  • Waipuna: Physical health and body sovereignty. Whānau view health holistically, requiring equilibrium to be established across spiritual, cultural, emotional and physical domains. Physical health from a whānau perspective includes recognising the importance of our traditions where bodies have mana and tapu.


  • Miriama Cribb, Tania Bailey, Aaron Davis: Te Wero: Mixed methods for research on the Covid-19 vaccination rollout
  • Kim McBreen: Whāia ngā mahi o Rarohenga: Niwareka’s whānau in te ao wairua show us that we can end violence
  • Ruby Pitiroi: Me Whakatangi ki te Waihoe
  • Tom Johnson: An Awa-led methodology
  • Dr Kim Southey: Māori Being: Exploring Māori philosophical ground in Health and Mental Health Policy
  • Tricia Walsh: Being raised by mokopuna
  • Doreen Bennett: Whakamahana te Marae, Warming the Marae
  • Petera Hudson: Mātauranga and tikanga Māori: Culturally informed AI



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