Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Your research and responsiveness to Māori


These web pages are available to inform researchers within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences of expectations when considering Māori responsiveness within your research, both in relation to your funding and ethics proposals.



Why do you need to consider the relationship of your research to Māori when proposing research carried out within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences? And what does this mean in practice?

The aim of R2M is to support you as a researcher in identifying key issues in planning and proposing research in Aotearoa New Zealand. It aims to explain why responsiveness to Māori is critical in health sciences research in the University of Auckland, and the key areas to think about when planning your research. We aim to provide advice and other tools to assist you to carry out the best research possible.

R2M is relevant to you if your research – either quantitative or qualitative - involves:

  • human tissue, body fluids or DNA
  • clinical trials or intervention studies with Māori participants. If Māori are excluded you will need to justify this exclusion to funding agencies
  • population or community studies
  • the representation of Māori ways of knowing or being.

If your research is biomedical using animal models, these resources may still be of interest; the research may still have relevance to Māori health and Māori research workforce development. However, the requirements to fulfil the Māori responsiveness part of your proposal will likely be reduced.

Te Ara Tika

We are using the Te Ara Tika framework to guide you through thinking about Māori responsiveness while developing your proposal.  This framework was developed by Pūtaiora (Māori members of ethics committees) and the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC).

For more information visit the Te Ara Tika pathway

Submit your proposal to the Tumuaki for sign off