Expressions of Interest:

PanuiJul 31 20140 Comment

Part-time Research Assistant

Whaia te Ahi Kā – Ahi Kā and its role in oranga

Expressions of interest are being sought from suitable people interested in the role of a part-time fixed term research assistant.  It is a 12 – 15 month position starting from 1 September 2014.  The location of the mahi is largely within the Kapiti tribal rohe and further afield as negotiated with the Principal Investigator.  The position is 20 hours per week.

The position objectives are:

  • To provide research support services to the Principal Investigator / Lead Researcher
  • To be open to learning all aspects of research and be mentored in a tuakana-teina capacity in order to develop your skills as a research assistant

Key Relationships will be with:

  • Principal Investigator / Lead Researcher
  • Iwi Advisory Group
  • Office Administrator at Atiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust
  • Ngā whānau o Atiawa ki Whakarongotai

Suitable applicants will need to be reasonably flexible with their working hours to suit the needs of the project.  They must demonstrate commitment, appreciation and experience around kaupapa Māori and a connectedness to the whānau/community of Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.

Te Kaupapa – Research Objectives:

The research aims to develop a long term oranga strategy for the iwi of Atiawa ki Whakarongotai. The research will explore how being connected to your iwi through participation in iwi activities can enhance overall wellbeing.  The overall research question and the kaupapa has stemmed from hui with our own people, and has drawn on information gathered throughout the recent Moemoea wananga. This research project has been initiated by the people of Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, is 18 months long and has been approved and funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Te Tikanga – Principal Methodologies:

Principal Investigator:  Kiri Parata, with academic guidance and expertise provided by Dr Heather Gifford of Whakauae Research for Māori Health & Development, Whanganui.

The iwi Trust and the researchers with support from Whakauae, intend to carry out a qualitative research project using kanohi ki-te kanohi (face to face) in-depth interviews with people who whakapapa to Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai.  Thirty iwi members will be interviewed.  Using a team approach and several cycles of review, key themes will be identified from the research data and these will then inform the oranga strategy.

So if you have read the project information and feel you have a connection to this kaupapa, together with the right skills to tautoko and develop then please register your interest today…

Please contact Kiri Parata, Principal Investigator on email: for a copy of the Job Description and to register your interest for this position.  Applications close 5pm Wednesday 20 August 2014.