A 2012 study by researchers at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences explored the relationship between current transport patterns and the wellbeing of urban Māori. Kimiora Raerino, Alexandra Macmillan and Rhys Jones conducted qualitative Kaupapa Māori research, interviewing 19 Māori stakeholders in Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and analyzing their talk thematically.
In their interviews stakeholders were asked to reflect upon the research topic, and then prompted to describe the cause and effect relationships within transport patterns. Individual cognitive maps, and the combination of stakeholder cognitive maps, facilitated the emergence of themes. The use of cognitive maps, including portions of the maps developed, are included as part of this report.
“Themes identified included inequities in the availability, affordability and safety of public transport for Māori; the importance of accessing cultural activities and sites relevant to ‘being Māori’; and the need for an indigenous voice in transport decision-making to increase the prioritisation of indigenous health and wellbeing. Understanding the relationship between indigenous wellbeing and transport systems is essential to effective urban design and policy to improve indigenous wellbeing in urban settings” (from Executive Summary, p.3).
The authors conclude their research by using their findings to inform six recommendations related to the representation of Māori in decision-making forums related to transportation, as well as improved transportation options for Māori.
Contributed by Fiona Cram