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Pacific Research Guidelines and Protocols (5,856 KB)  

Guidelines for ethical practice in Pacific research recognise the need for researchers to be aware of protocols and values supporting ethical research practice, both culturally and institutionally. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance
on the practice of Pacific values and principles in research. It is intended as a resource for both Pasifika/Pacific peoples and non-Pasifika researchers engaged in doing research either in Aotearoa/New Zealand or the wider Pacific. The principles outlined in this document are:

  • RESPECT FOR RELATIONSHIPS
    Ensuring that cultural protocols and processes are followed throughout the research process. Respect for research participants is exercised and grounded in humility, the roles of gatekeepers and elders are appropriately acknowledged and confidentiality is respected.
  • RESPECT FOR KNOWLEDGE HOLDERS
    Ensuring that Pacific knowledge, aspirations and wellbeing are integral to research design, research
    processes, outcomes and outputs. Both research partners and research participants are prioritised as knowledge holders and a participatory approach is adopted in seeking informed consent.
  • RECIPROCITY
    Ensuring that reciprocity is an integral part of the research process and participants and communities
    benefit from the research. Reciprocity can encompass gifts, time and service and extends to accessible dissemination of research findings.
  • HOLISM
    Ensuring the interconnected nature of the physical, social, environmental, cultural and spiritual aspects
    of research with Pasifika and Pacific communities is understood and acknowledged.
  • USING RESEARCH TO DO GOOD
    Ensuring that the wellbeing of Pasifika and Pacific communities and their environment is of central
    importance in why and how research is conducted, at the same time as ensuring that the research is
    rigorous and scholarly. The goal of research beneficence applies to both the integrity of the research process and the potential research outcomes and impact.

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