The aim of this research project was to examine the barriers that hauā Māori and their whānau may experience in accessing these services; and to identify elements that could make accessing services easier.
The research focused specifically on the needs of disabled Māori and their whānau in the Murihiku/Southland region. The research drew from a range of sources including a community survey, a literature review and consultation with service providers in the area.
Four key themes identified that correlate to increased feelings of wellbeing and health: feeling valued; being connected; a strong sense of self identity and worth; and access to appropriate resources.
Conversely, factors that left hauā Māori feeling the opposite included: not being valued; experiencing negative impacts of discrimination, colonisation, and disconnection; lack of self-worth; and poor access to resources.