He Oranga Hapori: A model for raising Maori ... - Te Puni Kokiri

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He Oranga Hapori: A model for raising Maori ... - Te Puni Kokiri

What the use of this tool should tell usThis tool as a contribution toward the measurement of Mäori community wellbeing is notintended as a complete solution to the need in this area. While it has some strengths in terms ofits ease of use, efficiency and accessibility, it is one of a range tools that currently exists and isyet to be developed to support our investigations in this area.For example, a kaitiakitanga survey was recently completed at Te Wänanga o Raukawa to lookat the expression of kaupapa and tikanga in relation to the measurement of direct and indirecteffects on te taiao. This survey involved the collection of detailed datasets over short and longperiods. It also involved complicated mathematical modelling work.The use of a range of tools is consistent with the inclusive logic that is central to the Mäori viewof the world. To this end, we look forward to the other contributions to come from our collectiveeffort in the area of whakatupu mätauranga.While this simple tool is an initial contribution to work in this area, it has the potential to delivervaluable insights into the wellbeing of Mäori communities and the quality of progress which isimportant to us all - the survival of Mäori as a people. It is interesting to consider what a regularsurvey of this kind might disclose about the progress made towards our goals of achieving Mäoricommunity wellbeing.First, it is important to identify exactly where growth in the expression of kaupapa and tikangais occurring and where it is not occurring. With this understanding, remedies and mitigationstrategies can be developed and applied as corrective measures. However, understanding theactual quality of growth and relationship performance would remain quite detailed.In the genuine progress indicator work, it has been discovered that quality measurements, evenwhen made in monetary terms, have many hidden problems. Furthermore, at times the size ofthese problems has been alarming. While much simpler than a genuine progress indicator inmonetary terms, this tool has the ability to (i) reveal hidden factors and (ii) provide indicationsabout the scale or magnitude of problems. This makes it possible to shift attention from growthas a developmental goal (and focus of attention) towards broader quality goals grounded inkaupapa and tikanga.A contribution to whakatupu mätaurangaThe method developed in He Oranga Hapori should be thought of as an initial contribution tothis area of whakatupu mätauranga. Further work remains in this area. However, this simplemathematical approach has some attractive strengths that are discussed later.This method is easy to implement. This is an important point because the collection of dataand conducting of surveys costs money and takes time. It is therefore highly desirable thatthe preferred method is as efficient as possible by returning the greatest possible insights intoMäori community wellbeing for the least possible investment of resources. This is the case withthe method outlined. Its simplicity is its’ strength. This method builds on the holistic identity ofa Mäori worldview. It provides a big-picture perspective and an approach to measure this in amanageable way.Second, an important distinction is made between the measurement of change in size orrelationships and the quality of the change process. This is what the recent interest in genuineprogress indicator work has been about. However, a weakness of the genuine progress indicatorwork has been that to date it still strongly focuses of the measurement of quality aspects of23

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