About the Centre

Read about the Centre's mission and discover our guiding whakataukī (proverb).

Healthy women, healthy babies, and healthy communities

The first years of life, beginning with pregnancy, are crucial for a broad range of health and life outcomes.

The Centre for Women's Health Research Te Tātai Hauora o Hine has a proud tradition of research into health issues relevant to New Zealand women, particularly Māori women. The Centre's researchers are also committed to translating their research results into better systems and processes of care, creating measurable improvements in the health of Māori women and children.

We understand that research alone does not create change. That is why, as one of New Zealand's foremost translational research organisations, our work creates positive systemic long-term transformation.

We translate our research into recommendations for health practitioners, hospitals and health organisations, government departments and Ministers of Parliament, Iwi service providers, and community based organisations, to improve systems and processes of care for whānau.

E Hine, taiahoahotia tōku ara i te pō

Hineteiwaiwa, illuminate my pathway through the night

Nuki Takao (Ngāti Rarua, Te Ati awa, Ngāi Tuhoe) gifted this whaukataukī (proverb) to the Women’s Health Research Centre (WHRC), and our research programme on the health and wellbeing of Māori women and their babies has been called Taiahoahotia.

Hineteiwaiwa is the goddess of childbirth, and is the kaitiaki (guardian) of wāhine (women), me ngā pēpi (and babies). Hineteiwaiwa is also the goddess of the moon. This whakataukī guides our vision of illuminating those areas of Māori maternal and child health that require investigation, understanding, and appropriate intervention to benefit Māori women, their children, and whānau (families).