Improving the respiratory health of Māori and Pacific children in Aotearoa

Project background
This research was significant for Cure Kids considering it was the first time an organisation outside of an academic institution – Moana Research – was granted such a fund. Importantly, Cure Kids recognised this research needed to be led by Māori and Pacific researchers for Māori and Pacific whānau.

The aim of this project was to understand the aspirations of Māori and Pacific communities for respiratory health, and to identify opportunities for innovation and potential intervention points, with an emphasis on identifying what research is needed to achieve respiratory health equity for Māori and Pacific communities.

The Fa’afaletui framework guided the research approach to acknowledge the three perspectives required to ensure the aspirations for both Māori and Pacific families were explored (systematic review, key informant interviews and whanau interviews).

Moana Research led the Pacific component and used the kakala framework (teu, toli, tui) to guide the talanoa with Pacific families. The Māori research component was led by Dr Mataroria Lyndon and Hapai Te Hauora with the underpinning methodological approach grounded in Kaupapa Māori.

Ethics was applied for and approved on the 23 September 2020 through the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee Reference number 20/NTA/131.

Māori and Pacific whanau, including children, from Te Taitokerau (Northland), Tāmaki Makarau (Auckland), Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), and Ōtautahi (Christchurch) were interviewed between September 2020 and February 2021, alongside clinicians and non-clinical staff who provided key informant insights.

Benefits for families and communities

Findings from the systematic review, key informant insights and whanau interviews provided important recommendations and considerations for health professionals, researchers, and academics who work with Māori and Pacific whānau. We look forward to presenting key insights and findings to whānau and communities who contributed to this research and translating the recommendations into practice to ensure impactful change can be made for whānau.