Te Whāriki Takapou is a Kaupapa Māori organisation with a nationwide focus on Māori sexual and reproductive health.
One of our areas of work is Kaupapa Māori Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. We use the following understandings in undertaking our work.
The Kaupapa Māori approach to research draws from traditional and contemporary Māori knowledges and worldviews. There are many Kaupapa Māori approaches to undertaking research such as Kaupapa-ā-Iwi, Kaupapa-ā-Hapū, Mana Wāhine, Kaupapa Here, to name a few.
Our approach to research draws upon the work of Kaupapa Māori theorists such as Graham Hingangaroa Smith, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Leonie Pihama, Kuni Jenkins, Cheryl Smith, and Mera Penehira.
We expect new Kaupapa Māori theoretical approaches will emerge as more Kaupapa Māori sexual and reproductive research is conducted.
Currently, the elements of our Kaupapa Māori approach include:
- Tino rangatiratanga – increasing tino rangatiratanga or Māori self-determination and autonomy
- Taonga tuku iho – fostering and promoting Māori knowledges, Māori language and tikanga Māori
- Rangahau Māori – advancing methods of enquiry and practice inherent in whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities
- Kia piki ake i ngā raruraru o te kainga – challenging and reducing socio-economic barriers to good sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing as these are defined by Māori
- Whānau, hapū and iwi – valuing and enhancing traditional and contemporary relationships that Māori have with each other, the environment, and the world around them. Advocating for the aspirations of communities and individuals
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi – implementing the Māori language version of the Treaty of Waitangi relationship between the Crown and Māori collectives and promoting the Treaty-derived right of Māori to good sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing
- Decolonisation – developing and implementing radical forms of transformative actions, underpinned by transformative ways of knowing. Taking care to avoiding co-option and so-called transformative approaches that amount to little more than superficial change
- Mātauranga Māori – Re-activating and celebrating mātauranga Māori-derived understandings and practices associated with gender, sexual identity and sexual attraction