"They Just Don't Get It!" - Research Seminar
Reframing how Indigenous women live with violence in their families.
E Tu Wahine, E Tu Whanau
The framing of research and health care practice with Indigenous peoples is often within dominant cultural worldviews, negating Indigenous women’s realities as they keep themselves and children safe. Professor Denise Wilson will present on this research project, funded by the Royal society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, that is exploring how Maori women (Indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand) keep safe in unsafe relationships.
Professor Denise Wilson is of Ngati Tahinga (Tainui) and New Zealand European descent. She is the Professor Maori Health, a Co-Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research, and the Associate Dean Maori Advancement at the Auckland University of Technology University. Her research and publication activities focus on Maori/indigenous health and health service engagement, family violence, cultural responsiveness, and nursing and health workforce development. Professor Wilson served six years on the Family Violence Death Review Committee and contributed to the development of the Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme. She is a co-author of The People’s Report and The People’s Blueprint for the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence.
The over representation of Maori children in state welfare care corresponds with high rates of social and economic disadvantage and whanau (family) violence where Maori women are more likely to be parenting alone and over represented as victims of partner violence. Dr Alayne Mikahere-Hall's qualitative Maori research offers a distinctive Maori and uniquely Indigenous approach for understanding the nature in which healthy whanau (family) relationships are fostered within a Maori social system.
Dr Mikahere-Hall's indigenous affiliations through her mother are Ngati Whatua, Te Rarawa and Tainui with Pakeha decent lines through her father. She is a founding member of Waka Oranga National Collective of Maori Psychotherapy Practitioners (NCMPP), a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapist (NZAP). Dr Mikahere-Hall has worked across a wide range of community services over the past 20 years to include Mental Health Child and Adolescent Services, and private practice. She is a current recipient of a Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand Postdoctoral Scholarship where she is investigating Tuhono Maori as an indigenous perspective of secure attachment.