Honour Project Aotearoa

Honour Project Aotearoa was funded from the Rangahau Hauora Investment Stream, Health Research Council of Aotearoa. It was a 3-year research project that started in July 2016 and concluded in June 2019.

The research aim was to investigate and identify life experiences of takataapui and to gain insights into the ways in which those experiences impacted on achieving health and wellbeing, including better access to and improved provision of a range of health services. Additionally, the project aimed to give voice to takataapui expressions, experiences and aspirations for health and wellbeing, thereby reinforcing takataapui belonging – in whānau, hapū, iwi, and for future generations.

Researchers: Leonie Pihama, Alison Green, Carl Mika, Matthew Roskrudge, Shirley Simmonds, Tawhanga Nopera, Herearoha Skipper & Rebekah Laurence

Te Whariki Takapou were the lead Māori community organisation for this project and more information can be found here


Pūrākau Takatāpui | Digital Storytelling

Pūrākau Takatāpui (digital storytelling) resources have been released and can be viewed below. They are rangatahi, mātua, kaumatua, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, mums, dads, nannies, koros, students, teachers, artists, managers, researchers, and leaders in their communities. All are respected members of whānau, hapū and iwi.  They share their experiences of keeping well – often in the face of discrimination and other challenges. Some talk about the value of knowing who you are; having supportive whānau, and having good role models. Others talk about being part of takataapui and LGBTQI networks and having strong advocacy groups working for them and their communities. All want low cost, welcoming, non-discriminatory and well-resourced health services to help them to get well and stay well. He mihi maioha ki a rātou.

Leonie Pihama
Wētini Paul
Renee Paul
Tangaroa Paora
Mera Penehira
Elizabeth Kerekere
Chanel Hāti
Manawaroa Te Wao
Richard Tankersley
Rebekah Laurence
Tāwhanga Nōpera
Donna Campbell