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Using digital literacy to improve Māori community health

Hohepa Spooner leads this project
Hohepa Spooner

A partnership between AUT and the Haukainga of Māhia aims to address wicked problems that plague the area.

Māori communities in the Wairoa area suffer disproportionately from poverty and deprivation, with low levels of health and wellbeing.

A team of AUT researchers, led by AppLab's Hohepa Spooner and Dr Claudio Aguayo, and Dr Stanley Frielick will be joining families together out of poverty, by building upon healthy public policy, that acknowledges and provides for haukainga responses, to rethinking the delivery of Māori community health, with digital media and warm data.

This will be done with:

  • A  collaborative tikanga-driven action research process that moderates and informs practices being investigated and decisions acted upon;
  • #maurioraWHANAU pastoral care approach and curriculum, coaching and counselling ‘at risk’ whanau, seeking a healthy future;
  • Warm data labs that support recognising and attending to the interdependence of wellbeing and producing collaborative systemic responses to real world ‘wicked’ problems;
  • An applied project-based digital literacy teaching and learning programme creating and producing storytelling assets and digital portfolios;
  • The developing of a working database enhanced with ‘customary’ tribal practices and ‘citizen science’; and augmented through ecological mapping.

The different sets of information, narratives, digital media, documentation, data from research fieldwork and other sources of data will be hosted and organised in a project database.

The database will serve as a digital project hub and information repository, from where project participants and invited partners will be able to access, upload, download and share different types of content, both publicly and privately (via authentication login and restricted sharing).

End-users will be able to access the database through a dedicated website. The information contained on the database will then allow the development of a prototype digital ecological map.

This will involve the analysis and classification of information from the database, into the development of an ecological map from where local narratives and stories, alongside with warm data indicators and scientific knowledge and information, will be visually accessible through online and digital means.

The aim is to improve digital literacy and inclusion, preserve traditional knowledge, enhance the mana of local stories, contribute to the revitalisation of Māori culture, and to promote economic opportunities.

AUT researchers

  • Hohepa Spooner
  • Dr Claudio Aguayo
  • Dr Stanley Frielick

External collaborators

  • Haukainga of Māhia