Cultural identity and participation in society are acknowledged as key determinants of health. This research aims to identify successful measures to improve health and reduce inequities through a focus on waka ama (outrigger canoe). Waka ama is the fastest growing sport in Aotearoa New Zealand, and is increasingly used as a vehicle for health promotion. The research is informed by a kaupapa M?ori framework, utilising narratives to explore paddlers’ experience in being involved in waka ama. Waka ama is unique as a sport because, as well as the physical benefits for paddlers, it also has a strong foundation in indigenous knowledge and practice. The research findings are presented in the form of a short professionally-produced documentary. The short film showcases waka ama and its contribution to the health of paddlers. It presents the local initiative, providing an exemplar of best practice and practical health promotion solutions to inform wider communities. The film features interviews with paddlers, and footage of waka ama action.
Christina Severinsen & Angelique Reweti (Ngapuhi)
Christina Severinsen, public health researcher and Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. She holds particular expertise in public health, housing and homelessness, and community health development in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research and evaluation projects work to identify challenges, risks and determinants of health for communities across a range of measures, including health promotion and community development to inform action.
Angelique Reweti (Ngapuhi), doctoral student in the School of Health Sciences, and teaches into the Toi Hauora programme at Te P?tahi a Toi, Massey University, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her expertise is in wh?nau ora, with published research exploring the social, cultural and health benefits of indigenous health promotion and wh?nau-inspired initiatives. Angelique’s work seeks to highlight the central role that wh?nau have in achieving wellbeing by providing a platform for wh?nau to celebrate and share their successes paving a pathway forward for others to follow.