About responsiveness to Māori

The Office of Tumuaki and Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM) provide the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences's (FMHS) strategic direction for Māori health, promote Māori participation in the faculty, and are responsible for Māori responsiveness. The Tumuaki continues the tradition of this office by championing the Tīriti of Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and the business of the faculty.

Your research and responsiveness to Māori

The 'Responsiveness to Māori (R2M) team' sit within the Office of the Tumuaki (FMHS). The role of the R2M team is to provide advice (rather than consultation) to FMHS staff and students who are submitting both internal and external research and ethics proposals.

The R2M team:

  • Review research and ethics applications to support researchers in acknowledging, recognising and developing their role in relation to responsiveness to Māori
  • Provide written (email) support and / or face-to-face (meetings by appointment) when required
  • Work alongside UoA research support teams to deliver R2M information across FMHS (via presentations, panels, lectures)
  • May provide recommendations regarding Māori consultation
  • Provide advice on how to better support Māori research capacity and capability within research team

The purpose
Why do you need to consider the relationship of your research to Māori when proposing research carried out within FMHS and what does this mean in practice?

The aim of R2M is to support you as a researcher in identifying key issues in planning and proposing research in Aotearoa New Zealand. It aims to explain why responsiveness to Māori is critical in health sciences research in the University of Auckland, and the key areas to think about when planning your research. We aim to provide advice and other tools to assist you to carry out the best research possible.

R2M is relevant to you if your research – either quantitative or qualitative - involves:

  • Human tissue, body fluids or DNA
  • Clinical trials or intervention studies with Māori participants. If Māori are excluded you will need to justify this exclusion to funding agencies
  • Population or community studies
  • The representation of Māori ways of knowing or being.
If your research is biomedical using animal models, these resources may still be of interest; the research may still have relevance to Māori health and Māori research workforce development. However, the requirements to fulfil the Māori responsiveness part of your proposal will likely be reduced.

Te Ara Tika
We are using the Te Ara Tika framework to guide you through thinking about Māori responsiveness while developing your proposal. This framework was developed by Pūtaiora (Māori members of ethics committees) and the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC).

Find more information here

Te Tīriti o Waitangi

The Office of the Tumuaki provides advice to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences to ensure it contributes to the University's responsibilities to Māori under Te Tīriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).

Central to these functions are:

  • Improving Māori student participation, retention and success. The primary focus for this function is through Vision 20:20
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with Māori communities of interest
  • Integrating Māori into all aspects of University life
  • Improving the knowledge and understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi among faculty staff and students
  • Improving Māori staff recruitment, promotion, reward and retention
  • Supporting academic activities for Māori intellectual and cultural development
  • Celebrating Māori success
  • Reviewing faculty activities in respect of Māori responsiveness
  • Contributing to the regular assessment of University progress in meeting these obligations.