Tātai is a place where Māori can share their iwi affiliations, with Iwi, and the Ministry of Health, to make a positive difference today, and for future generations. Sharing your iwi affiliations is a way to ensure we, as Māori, are contributing to robust and high quality datasets about iwi, for iwi.
QUOTE: “Iwi affiliation data could help the younger generation know where they are from and aid in the reclamation of culture that we are already seeing.”- Māori participant in Tātai research.
Whariki were used as places to share dialogue. Whariki are also used to place taonga. Today our taonga is trying to collate mātauranga/whakapapa so we can understand the needs of an iwi group. Mangopare are used to represent strength and knowledge. The fusion of the weave and mangopare represents the connecting and reconnecting, mo ake tonu atu.
Ringatoi- Graham Tipene
Tātou spoke to Māori from all over Āotearoa to receive their whakaaro about the value of iwi affiliation data, for the purposes of improving Health equity for individuals, households, whānau, hapū and iwi.
We shared the below problem statement with participants, and guided our kōrero with the following five key questions:
What does iwi affiliation data mean to you?
Would you mind sharing your own iwi affiliation information with the Government? Why/ Why not?
If you were to provide your iwi affiliation information to the Government, what is the most important thing that you would like to have happen with that data?
Do you think it is important that Māori/ iwi have governance of health data specific to Māori/ iwi?
Why/ Why not?
Can you give any examples of how iwi affiliation data could positively contribute/ benefit Māori/ iwi?
Current health information and health data that is collected about Māori/ iwi is unable to properly, and adequately uncover insights about the systemic problems and continued restrictions that we as Māori/ iwi experience. Added to that, Māori/ iwi information is unable to be used adequately by our people, for our people, to inform the design and delivery of health services that genuinely reflect and meet their needs.