Established by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti in 2005
The aim of establishing Whakauae was not only to develop the research capacity of Ngāti Hauiti but also to offer a broad range of Kaupapa Māori research services both nationally and internationally. Whakauae is unique in its position within Māori health research as it is directly accountable to Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti. We are recognised by our peers as very good researchers “producing robust research in a timely manner” and are passionate about transforming research results into change at a practice or policy level.
Whakauae focuses primarily on Māori public health research, evaluation and health services and health policy research. The team has grown from two staff initially in 2005 to eight staff members currently. Whakauae utilises largely Kaupapa Māori qualitative research methodologies however, through research partnerships we are able to offer a mixed method approach if the research requires this.