Wai Research

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio; Mā te mōhio, ka mārama; mā te mārama, ka mātau; Mā te mātau, ka ora!

Through resonance comes insight; through insight comes understanding; through understanding comes knowledge; through knowledge comes life and well-being!

Wai Research undertakes a research programme that supports Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust to evidence the best outcomes for whānau. In line with Te Whānau o Waipareira 25-year generational strategy, the priority for the research programme is to drive innovation that empowers whānau to prosper.

The research unit is guided by “Ngā Taumata Rangahau o Waipareira” research principals, which have been specifically created to reflect the aspirations of our community. Formalised partnerships with other research and indigenous organisations include MoUs with Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, Massey University and Regroupment des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ).


Pēperekōutanga - Kaumātuatanga Needs and Wellbeing

This 12-month research project profiles the needs, aspirations and realities of older Māori, aiming to bridge the research gap currently in this area. It is designed to paint a clear picture of the issues that are currently affecting Māori elders and explore issues that are likely to be affecting our aging population in the future.

Kimihia te Hauora Hinengaro: Pathways to Māori Mental Health

Pathways to Māori Mental Health is a 12-month study which explores the relevance of Māori cultural elements in the provision of therapeutic care for urban Māori in Waitakere. Building upon what is currently known about kaupapa Māori models of mental health service delivery, this project aims to identify existing issues and barriers with the potential to refocus services in this area.


Wai Research utilises a range of methodologies to undertake investigations which advance the aspirations of our community.  Kaupapa Māori research methods are central to this approach, but so too are principles which are informed by the needs of Urban Māori and which allow us to undertake research which is consistent with expectations and realities of our community.

We have developed five Kaupapa Waipareira research principles to support this approach.  These have been developed in consultation with our community and on the basis of previous research endeavours.  They are used to guide and inform our research activity and are therefore incorporated into the design of all our research programmes.  They include:

  • Tikanga Matatini: We will undertake research which reflects and supports the cultural realities of our community. Māori custom and processes will be incorporated within the design of our research methods, but will match the diverse cultural experiences and needs of Urban Māori.
  • Whakamana te Tangata: We will respect and support our research participants and the information they provide.  We will ensure that they are acknowledged for their contribution and recognised for their efforts.
  • Whanake Waipareira: We will prioritise translational research endeavour by generating information which contributes to the Waipareira community, Waipareira Trust, and Urban Māori development.
  • Whakapakari Rangahau: We will build Māori research capacity and capability.  We will support emerging researchers, present them with opportunities, and expose them to positive role-models and experiences.  We will collaborate effectively with other groups and organisations and create mutually beneficial research opportunities.
  • Tohatoha Mātauranga: We will take active steps to profile and share the outcomes of our research. We will ensure that the information is widely profiled and so that it may contribute to Māori, national, international, and indigenous development.


Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket, the people will prosper

We aspire to develop a community research agenda through meaningful partnerships with external research groups engaging in projects that recognise, value and use principles of Kaupapa Māori. With a focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing we can apply this knowledge in ways that further benefit our people at a whānau level, a community level, nationally and internationally.


Massey University

Massey University is working with health service providers to meet the needs of our communities, contributing to positive development of whānau and Māori. Through this partnership, there is collaboration on research, along with developmental and mentoring opportunities, in order to contribute to the aspirations of Māori.


Whakauae Research

Whakauae Research has a focus on assisting Māori to reach their potential by sustainably delivering Māori research founded on academic and research excellence.

Whakauae Research aims to develop upon the capacity of Ngāti Hauiti while undertaking high quality, Māori centred health research to inform and contribute to improved outcomes for Māori. This partnership focuses on collaboration through research projects and endeavours. It is focused on the shared vision and goal of advancing the positive aspirations of Māori health and development.


Regroupement des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ) (Canadian Research)

The Regroupement des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec was founded for and by urban Aboriginals who wanted to give themselves a provincial concertation, coordination and representation structure. The RCAAQ conducts community based research, along with representing the interests of the Native Friendship Centres of Québec. The RCAAQ provides outcomes-based community services to individuals and whānau. This partnership includes collaboration on both research and outcomes-based community services best practice, resulting in the development of each organisation and their respective communities.