MAI Journal 2013: Volume 2 Issue 2

Publication Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2013

The latest issue of MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship (Volume 2, 2) is now available. The theme of health and social wellbeing and the need to reduce Māori health disparities features prominently in four of the articles in this issue.

In their article "Māori experiences and responses to racism in Aotearoa New Zealand” Angela Moewaka Barnes and co-authors present findings that show how racist representations of Māori in the media have adverse effects on health and wellbeing. In a similar vein, Kristen Maynard, Sarah Wright and Shirleyanne Brown, in their article “Ruru Parirau: Māori and alcohol”,  discuss the importance of destabilizing negative stereotypes around Māori and alcohol and show the implications for policy and practice from a health promotion perspective. Laurie Morrison’s and Denise Wilson’s article “Ngā Pou Wāhine” explores an intervention framework that addresses the complexity of Māori women’s gambling experiences. Sarah-Jane Paine and co-authors present lessons from the E Moe, Māmā: Maternal Sleep and Health in Aotearoa/New Zealand study and describe how they have developed strategies to recruit and retain pregnant Māori women into their longitudinal study of maternal sleep, health and wellbeing.

The history of 19th century Māori gold-mining is the topic of Lloyd Carpenter’s article “Finding “Te Wherro” in Ōtākou.” Penny Allan’s and Huhana Smith’s article “Research at the Interface: Bi-cultural studio in New Zealand, a case study” proposes a strategy for more effective bi-cultural design partnerships. In his commentary “The potential for the use of karakia at the beginning of the restoration process” Anaru Eketone reflects on the topic of Māori prisoner rehabilitation. Finally, Heather Came and Susan da Silva review the book Ngāpuhi Speaks.

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