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Māori Research Assessment

The purpose of the Māori locality assessment is to increase Māori participation in research with the end goal of improving health outcomes for Māori and other populations (Office of Auditor General, 2012). In preparation for a Māori locality assessment, it is recommended that investigators be familiar with the following documents and policies:

•  Te Ara Tika. Guidelines for Māori research ethics (2010)   
•  Best health outcomes for Māori (2008)   
•  He Tangata Kei Tua Biobanking Guidelines (2016)   
•  Te Mata Ira Genome Research Guidelines (2016)

Once investigators are familiar with the above documents and have registered with the Research & Knowledge Centre, a Māori locality assessment can begin.

Researchers from the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences should request research review via the 'Responsiveness to Māori (R2M) team' within The Office of Tumuaki and Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. Other tertiary insitutions will have their own Vision Mätauranga policies and process for research. Speak to your academic supervisor or research office for further details. Forward your outcome letter/email to .

For Waitemata DHB based research, follow the process below:

•  identify the Waitemata DHB local investigator(s)  
•  complete the Māori Review Form   
•  ensure you have a study protocol, the ethics application and participant information sheet & consent form (WDHB version)*   
•  send the completed review form and additional documents to

The following details must be included on your participant information sheets:

For support, talk to your whānau in the first instance. Alternatively you may contact the administrator for He Kamaka Waiora Māori Health Team on 09 486 8324 ext 42324.
If you have any questions or complaints about the study, you may contact the Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards' Māori Research Committee or Māori Research Advisor by phoning 09 486 8920 ext 43204.

He Kamaka Waiora Māori Health Research Services

He Kamaka Waiora Research Services is made up of experts in:

  • tikanga
  • research
  • Māori health
  • public health
  • epidemiology, and
  • specific research areas such as cancer

The Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards are committed to addressing inequalities at all levels, including the research environment. The primary function of He Kamaka Waiora Research Services is to support research capability and capacity. These services are available for research activity at both Waitemata and Auckland DHBs. He Kamaka Waiora Research Services also provide services to the private sector. Contact