Te Whāriki Takapou HRC Summer Studentships 2019

Congratulations to Waikato University students Rebekah Laurence (Ngāti Unu, Ngāti Maniapoto) and Te Aomarama Anderson (Ngāti Roroa, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Tuwharetoa) for successfully completing their Health Research Council-funded Summer Studentships worth $5000 each (see attached reports). The purpose of the Summer Studentships is to introduce research to Māori students undertaking health-related courses. We are pleased that Rebekah and Te Aomarama successfully learned key Kaupapa Māori research skills.    
Rebekah and Te Aomarama’s novel research addressed abortion and human rights – two issues of importance to Māori communities in general, and Māori sexual and reproductive health in particular. Rebekah is beginning a Masters of Social Sciences in Psychology and her Studentship report was titled ‘Māori women and abortion: A kaupapa Māori literature review’. Te Aomarama is beginning a Masters of Māori Development and her Studentship report was titled ‘Rights-based approaches to achieving better Māori sexual and reproductive health: A kaupapa Māori review of three international rights-based instruments’.
Te Whāriki Takapou wishes Rebekah and Te Aomarama every success for their graduate studies.

Future Summer Studentship proposals

Māori students from Aotearoa New Zealand who are keen to build their research skills in the area of Māori sexual and reproductive health promotion OR Māori health and wellbeing should contact Dr Jillian Tipene, Te Whariki Takapou, to discuss potential topics.  Registrations for the 2020 Māori health research summer studentship ’round’ opens on 24 May 2019, and full applications are due on 5 July (electronic) and 10 July (hardcopy). For details, go to https://gateway.hrc.govt.nz/funding/maori-health-research/2020-maori-health-research-summer-studentships