Te Pūna Whakamaunu - Research Unit

Hāpai Research and Evaluation specialise in innovative social and health research and evaluation that strengthens Whānau Ora and advances Māori health.

Boards and Governance

Our team welcomes project partnerships, and regularly collaborate with external research organisations, provide kaupapa Māori research and evaluation advice, and are members of a number of boards and governance groups.

Our Services

We are a multidisciplinary team who can offer research and evaluation advice and support in the following areas:

  • Results Based Accountability (RBA)
  • Formative, Process and Outcome Evaluation
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Community and Participatory Action Research
  • Collective Impact
  • Tobacco Control
  • Whānau Ora
  • Well Child
  • Social and Public Health Policy Development
  • Health Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and other Drugs
  • Whānau Ora
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Gambling Harm Minimisation
  • Cultural Responsiveness

Our extensive network of stakeholders, and Collective Impact approach, means we are uniquely placed to leverage our relationships for specific skills and knowledge that can be used to enhance our work, or to provide a combined, cross organisational response to social and health issues that impact on Whānau Ora and Māori health.

Current Research

Active and completed research projects carried out by Te Pūna Whakamaunu – Research Unit and partners.

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7 August, 2023

Mama Aroha: A research report about a digital breastfeeding resource to improve support for māmā

The development of the first indigenous breastfeeding app Mama Aroha exemplifies Māori women at the forefront of developing whānau ora solutions to support Māori women to breastfeed. 

24 May, 2023

Media Release: "Tua - Hine rāua ko Tāne" - he hangarau karekōrero hou mō te hunga e ngana ana kia auahi kore ai rātou.

Introducing TUA - Hine and Tāne, chatbots for those on smoke-free journeys

media release

Research and Evaluation

Our team provide support and advice across all Hāpai contracts as well as in-house mentoring, capability and capacity building. Having an in-house research and evaluation team also means our contract managers and stakeholders receive timely and pragmatic advice and support. This is especially important when working with diverse communities, which are often highly dynamic and challenging environments.

Felicity Ware

Felicity Ware

Team Lead

Elizabeth Strickett

Māori Health Researcher
Asher Fai'ai

Asher Fai'ai

Research Assistant
Maxine Ducker

Maxine Ducker

Maria Ngawati

Maria Ngawati

Taylor Davis

Taylor Davis

Georgia McCarty

Georgia McCarty

Research Associate