Determinants of Wellbeing
Kia Pū Te Wai o Pareira, is a retrospective study of West Auckland Whānau over 4 generations and the identification of catalysts for their health and wellbeing. The research considers their experiences and challenges, how they have moved from periods of crisis to positions of stability and the catalysts that have prompted these changes.
The study aimed to better understand the factors which have promoted and sustained positive health gains and how these can be used to inform our outcomes framework, policy, strategy and service delivery.
Four catalysts were identified as part of the research;
Catalyst One: Aspiration, considers the desire by whānau to set and achieve long-term goals, to have confidence in the future and have a sense of control over their lives and environment.
Catalyst Two: Community, is in many ways an urban expression of traditional concepts. It ties into the notion of whānaungatanga and the idea that health concerns can be addressed through collective endeavour.
Catalyst Three: Leadership, highlights the value that key individuals can bring, both as voices for the community and drivers of positive change.
Catalyst Four: Culture, is a commonly known driver of Māori Health outcomes, however, and within this context, it places particular emphasis on the cultural realities of urban Māori and the unique environment within which they sit.
The report concludes by highlighting the multiple ways in which Whānau Waipareira has initiated or supported these catalysts for health and wellbeing and what further mechanisms might be used to drive this success in future.