May 7, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Sleep Study guided by Kaupapa Maori

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E Moe Mama is a study looking at the sleep of wahine and how it changes in pregnancy and after a baby is born and its relationship with a Mamas health and well-being. It is being conducted by a team of researchers at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre (SWRC), Massey University and a key feature of this study is the use of Kaupapa Maori research Methodology.

The use of Kaupapa Maori research methodology at the SWRC stems back to a long-standing relationship between the SWRC and Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare at the University of Otago Wellington. Together we have carried out research that has looked at inequalities in the sleep-health of Maori and non-Maori adults.

At the Sleep/Wake Research Centre, Kaupapa Maori research is viewed as a way of carrying out research that brings Maori from the margins to the centre, and views Maori as ‘the norm’. Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare have advised and guided us on the use of Kaupapa Maori research in our work and so our approach is based on the following principles:

  1. We prioritise Maori in our questions, methods, processes and dissemination;
  2. Our research is controlled by Maori, conducted by Maori researchers and involves Maori participants;
  3. It contributes to building research capacity within Maori communities and organisations;
  4. It is not a set way of carrying out research but rather about how research should be framed;
  5. It focuses on generating solutions and future goals from within Maori realities;
  6. And importantly, it means we are committed to action and creating change, and to Maori development.

The E Moe Mama study is a quantitative project so it deals with numbers. Our Kaupapa Maori approach means that Maori and non-Maori data can be analysed with the same level of detail. It also allows Maori and non-Maori comparisons to be made. To do this, our goal is to have equal numbers of Maori and non-Maori women take part in this study.

The E Moe Mama study is also committed to the use of Te Reo me ona tikanga within the study processes. We stand by the following principles in our everyday work:

  • Whanaungatanga: spending time building and developing trusting relationships and seeking out common connections and goals.
  • Manaakitanga: caring for and nurturing our research relationships and being generous with our skills and knowledge.
  • Kaitiakitanga: protecting our participants and their knowledge as taonga. Respecting the guardianship roles Maori have to protect their knowledge and resources.

    For more information on the E Moe Mama study follow this link

    To take part TXT – SLEEP to 5222
    Freephone 0800 mumsleep (0800 686 7537)

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