We have worked with two kura kaupapa Māori to develop a sexuality education programme.
The development included designing, pre-testing, and evaluating 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 through our website. Teachers are encouraged to customise the programme to meet their local kura kaupapa Māori requirements.
This research project helped develop an evidence base to assist STI testing and treatment.
We worked with two Māori community organisations and Te Kotahi Research Institute to develop the 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, health funders and Māori community advisors can indeed support STI service providers to improve access for this hard-to-reach rangatahi population.
This project responds to requests we’ve had for resources celebrating 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.