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TOAH-NNEST National Hui, 2017


Hold-fast to health and wellbeing as the heart of the kaupapa

and the people will gather the people


Key Note Speakers

Moana Jackson

He uri nō Ngati Kahungunu, nō Rongomaiwahine, nō Ngati Porou hoki.



Leonie Pihama



He Kokonga Whare: Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing

Nō Te Ātiawa, Ngā Māhanga a Tairi, Ngāti Māhanga

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is a mother of six and a grandmother of three. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Director of Māori and Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company. She has worked as a senior lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland teaching in the fields of policy analysis, Māori women’s issues, and the politics of representation of indigenous peoples. Leonie is the Principal Investigator on three Health Research Council projects, ‘He Oranga Ngākau: Māori Approaches to Trauma Informed Care’, ‘Honour Project Aotearoa’, and ‘He Ngākau Māori: Investigating Māori Cultural Constructions of Emotions’.

‘He Kokonga Whare’ is a research programme funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand  and hosted by Te Atawhai o Te Ao, an Independent Māori Research Centre in Whanganui. The research focuses on Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing to generate new knowledge on inter-generational impacts amongst Māori. It was proposed that the establishment of a research programme on Māori experience of trauma and healing would assist the consolidation of empirical themes, spearhead the creation of new knowledge and enable Aotearoa to align with international initiatives around issues of trauma for Indigenous Peoples. As an expanding discipline, historical and inter-generational theory encourages the development of analytical frameworks that are particularly cognizant of collective and historical indigenous experience. Such frameworks provide the context and starting place for identification of the pathways that will lead to recovery, resilience and healing.   ‘Whakarauora Tangata: Understanding and Healing the Impact of Sexual Violence for Māori’ is a research project undertaken as a collaboration between Māori social service providers and Te Kotahi Research Institute. ‘Whakarauora Tangata’ explores Historical and Intergenerational trauma and the impact of sexual violence upon Māori whānau, hapū and iwi. 



Len Cook

Information and insights that challenge the politics, institutions and policies that respond to violence and harm

Unlike many areas of major significance to people’s lives, managing the high level of violence experienced by New Zealanders and acknowledging and mitigating the harms that result has less visibility in the accumulation of evidence and the focus of public institutions.  We have seen little consequent development of deeper insights that can bring about a much-needed transformation in how violence has become embedded generation by generation in our society.   This paper looks at recent challenges to received wisdom on the capacity of information and institutions to apply new thinking, and the gulf we have yet to traverse.

Len Cook was appointed Families Commissioner and Chair of Superu in 2015, and has been Government Statistician and then National Statistician of the United Kingdom. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Social Policy (1987-88)

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