Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Group

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Tōmaiora is one of the top Māori Health Research Groups in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tōmaiora carrys out research services within Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM) (the Department of Māori Health) within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, at the University of Auckland. TKHM is responsible for teaching, building capacity and capability and undertaking research in Māori health. Established in 1997 and currently located at the Tāmaki campus in Glen Innes, Auckland, Tōmaiora aims to be a thriving Kaupapa Māori research unit. 


 “To be leaders in Excellent Māori Health Research”



“Rapua Te Mea Ngaro”

The whakatauki Rapua Te Mea Ngaro or ‘Seek the Evidence’ was recommended by our Kaumātua. This whakatauki encapsulates Tōmaiora research that seeks to find solutions through quality evidence-based Māori health research.

Tōmaiora tohu (logo)

Designed in 2013 by local artist Graham Tipene (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Haua), the Tōmaiora tohu signifies the unique context within which Tōmaiora is located.

Situated within the central isthmus of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Tōmaiora acknowledges Ngāti Whātua o Orākei mana whenua over this area. The depiction of ‘Rangitoto maunga (Ngā Rangi i totongia ā Tama Te Kapua) within the Tōmaiora tohu signifies the multiple connections with Tainui, Ngāti Awa and Te Arawa Iwi. Rangitoto is an island volcano and over the years has become a significant maunga for members of Ngāti Whātua o Orākei who gaze at its beauty from their homelands at Takaparawhau. Rangitoto is located just off the coast of the Auckland waterfront and Ngati Paoa have mana whenua status there. Rangitoto also reminds us of Rūaumoko and our connection to the whenua through our korero of Ātua. 

The Manaia (guardian) acknowledges the location of Tōmaiora within the University of Auckland and the journey of students looking to move from Te Pō (darkness) to Te Ao Mārama (light) in the pursuit of knowledge. It is also placed beneath the maunga to remember the kōrero of Rūaumoko as a child of Ranginui and Papatuānuku.