We worked with two kura kaupapa Māori to pre-test, develop and evaluate a sexuality education programme suitable for Year 6 to Year 10. The programme draws upon mātauranga Māori understandings of good sexual and reproductive health and is freely available to download from our website from mid-June 2017. Teachers are encouraged to customise the programme to meet their local kura kaupapa Māori requirements.
We worked with two Māori community organisations and Te Kotahi Research Institute to develop an ‘evidence base’ to assist STI testing and treatment services in the Hamilton region to improve rangatahi access to their services. Funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the focus of this 18-month long project were sexually active rangatahi aged 16 – 24 years, not-in-education, employment or training. The research found that a multi-level approach involving policy makers and commissioning agencies can indeed support STI service providers to improve access for this hard-to-reach rangatahi population.
This project is a response to requests from teachers and health promoters for resources that celebrate Māori dimensions of sexuality. Resources are underpinned by mātauranga Māori and produced in te reo Māori and English. A sample of resources were pre-tested by workshop participants attending the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Conference 2016. Resources are relevant for teachers of sexuality education in Māori and English-medium schools, and sexual and reproductive health promoters working with Māori communities. Resources will be freely available to download from our website from mid-June 2017.