Healthier Lives implementation Network – Kōrero Tahi ki Te Papa Tongarewa

The National Science Challenge Healthier Lives campaign hosted a Kōrero Tahi hui on 13-14 February at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Research projects that had been supported by the Healthier Lives research grants presented progress on their research to date. 

Toi Tangata, alongside South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services Trust (SWPICS), is part of a national research project investigating the barriers and facilitators to effective health programme implementation for Māori and Pasifika communities. This will inform the national implementation network that shares information about latest research, programmes and implementation methods for Māori and Pasifika health organisations. 

The Toi Tangata research team, Renei Ngawati, and CEO Darrio Penetito-Hemara, attended alongside Akarere Henry, Sulita Povaru-Bourne and Dianne Sika-Paotonu, presenting phase three of the Healthier Lives Implementation Network. 

This was a great opportunity to be with the wider research team, kanohi ki te kanohi, and spend time together. The team was also privileged to hear the research outcomes of other funded projects that focused on health outcomes for Māori and Pasifika communities. An extra bonus was having former Toi Tangata CEO, Megan Tunks, chair our session and give further context to Toi Tangata’s role in this research space. 

Thank you again to Principal Investigator, John Oetzel of Waikato University, for his leadership in this project, and the entire project team for the progress so far. This project concludes at the end of June 2024, so watch this space for more updates.