E kitea ai ngā taonga o te moana me mākū koe
If you seek the treasures of the ocean, you need to get wet
One of BRNZ’s key strategic aims is to partner with Māori in a meaningful way to help improve Māori health outcomes, and to support the development of a thriving Māori neuroscience and healthcare workforce. To achieve this aim, we have set a clear mātauranga agenda to ensure Māori communities have regular opportunities to communicate their mātauranga to members of our research team. Each year, you will find us at significant Māori events – the Te Matatini festival, the Koroneihana of the Māori King, the vibrant Māori TV awards – raising awareness of our work and engaging with Māori young and old to better understand their needs and values.
We are also privileged to have the support of two key Māori community partners - Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and Puketeraki Marae, Ōtepoti (Dunedin). These two partners, each with their unique strengths, play a vital role in ensuring the research we do is culturally responsive and grounded in te reo me ona tikanga.
Find out more about our Māori community partners below.