A Summary of Māori Issues for Disaster Recovery in the Environmental Health Field





This study set out:
1. To identify and demonstrate a body of knowledge relevant to Māori and environmental health disaster recovery (remediation of biological
hazards, chemical hazards, and natural disasters);
2. To do it in a Māori-appropriate way that supports Māori research approach;
3. To provide something new and useful for Māori and other stakeholders involved in such issues.

A Māori-centred mixed methodology was used to guide research decisions and actions, including the development of a Haurapa approach based on the journey of a “typical Māori researcher.”

Through literature review, case studies, and semistructured interviews, a pool of knowledge was identified and used to derive a set of themes and related findings. Use of the findings is demonstrated, along with ideas for future application and testing. A conceptual “Pa model” is proposed as a way to approach the subject for engagement with Māori and improved understanding of the context.

Existing frameworks are adapted for this topic, including a useful tool for filtering potential indicators.

In conducting this study, the following hunches or hypotheses were considered:
• That Māori are not adequately prepared or included regarding modern hazards and disaster response.
• A lack of Māori involvement results in inequalities.
• Valuable gains can be made with a Māori-centred approach and propertreatment of Māori issues.

The conclusion supports the statements and recommends further development along with a invitation to join an international indigenous environmental health forum.

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