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MA Student in Social Policy
Supervisor: Dr Sandra Grey
An Evaluation of Kaupapa Maori Weight Loss and Lifestyle Model
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
Ko Ngāti Porou, Ko Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Ko Ngai Tahu hoki ōku iwi i te taha o tōku pāpā
Nō Niue me Poland ahau i te taha o tōku māmā
Ko Nicola Grace tōku ingoa, tēnā koutou.
The focus of my Masters thesis is to describe and evaluate a kaupapa Māori whānau-led weight loss and lifestyle change model that was developed in 2013 to support whānau to reduce obesity and increase physical activity long term through lifestyle and behavioural changes. Key Māori concepts of whakawhanaungatanga (building relationships), manaakitanga (supporting each other) and te reo Māori (the Māori language) underpinned the model that directed the ‘challenges’ whānau entered into. The model was developed by Hiria McRae and myself to encourage whānau to continue with their healthy lifestyles while supporting new whānau who were keen to make changes.
The evaluation will therefore focus on finding out if, and how, the model contributed to the challenge goals, such as: were the weight loss goals and lifestyle changes met; what impact the mode of delivery of the model such as the use of social media and technology, support systems, knowledge and advice have on medium-long term outcomes; what are the participants’ views and experiences of the challenge and how did the participants’ experiences of this model compare with other ‘generic’ weight loss challenges/programmes that are available?
Phd Student in Social Policy
Supervisors: Dr Sandra Grey, Dr Ben Snyder
Conversations from the Coalface: Positive Asymmetry and the Culture of Silence Surrounding the Pike River Mine (2010) Disaster.
My research will analyse the positive asymmetry and culture of silence that surrounds the Pike River Mine (2010) Disaster. I intend to map the findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry alongside voices of the affected Greymouth Community; examining models of accident causation and some of the clouding, eclipsing and recasting practices that exist[ed] at cognitive, cultural and systemic levels; with the view to forecasting and averting future workplace tragedy in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.