Māori Advisory Group

Elderly Maori man and child on beach

The Health and Ageing Research Team is obliged by the Treaty of Waitangi to take responsibility for the inclusion and protection of data provided by Māori participants. The Health and Ageing Research Team Māori Advisory Group is convened during the planning phases of projects that have a focus on Māori populations in New Zealand. Advisors assist the team to ensure that projects engaging Māori participants are conducted with consideration and respect. The Māori Advisory Group was established to provide suggestions and feedback to project staff about the initial project plan and evolving project, specifically:

  • to provide a forum for the discussion of key issues pertaining to project materials, methods and outputs that are relevant to Māori participants and older people as a whole;
  • to provide advice on the cultural appropriateness of project outputs related to Maori peoples, and;
  • to provide advice on the planning and operational elements of the project.

All published academic work explicitly analysing data provided by Māori participants is circulated to members as part of a voluntary peer review process. Māori Advisory Group members are kept informed about the dissemination of findings of HART projects.

Māori Advisory Group members

Membership of the Advisory Group consists of the team convener Mr Brendan Stevenson, Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua and four community members, including representation by mana whenua.

Brendan Stevenson - convener (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Pōrou) Honorary Research Associate, Massey University.

Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Te Atiawa, Ngāti Makea ki Rarotonga) Associate Professor, Massey University.

Roland Fitzgerald (Ngāti Pōrou, Rangitāne) Māori educator.

John Waldon (Tuhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pōrou) Māori Researcher.

Ruma Karaitiana (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tara, Kāi Tahu) Professional Director.

Penny Poutu (Ngāti Maniapoto) Māori educator.