This project gathered the narratives of Māori views and experiences of wellness following trauma by synthesising the results from the other projects under He Kokonga Whare Research Programme. These are:

  1. Whenua, Historical Trauma, and Health Outcomes
  2. Health and Well-being of Māori Prisoners on Reintegration to the Community
  3. Impact of Sexual Violence on Māori


Research outputs:

Historical trauma, healing and well-being in Māori communities

Dr Rebecca Wirihana, Dr Cherryl Smith

The high rates of indigenous peoples exposed to traumatic experiences are exacerbated by the affects of historical trauma passed from generation to generation. Research exploring the individual and collective impact of this phenomenon is growing internationally. Yet little is known about Māori practices that facilitate healing from historical trauma. This article aims to analyse the affects of this trauma on Māori by exploring them in the context of the growing body of international historical trauma research. It then discusses how Māori defined well-being traditionally, and outlines the methods used to promote healing from trauma. To summarise, it demonstrates how these methods are being widely used to facilitate healing and discusses how their application across health services will enhance Māori well-being.

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He Ara Uru Ora: Traditional Māori understandings of trauma and well-being

Dr Tākirirangi Smith

This publication was written by master carver and teacher of traditional Māori navigation, Dr Tākirirangi Smith. It draws on historic and current Māori narratives and understandings of trauma and struggle, and acknowledges that for Māori, these ideas are sacred and honoured.

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