Tūmata Kōkiritia – Shifting Paradigm

by Kerri Butler & Te Kīwai Rangahau


This report represents the important kōrero articulated by whaiora Māori during Tūmata Kōkiritia – a noho wānanga held at Mataatua Marae, Tāmaki Makaurau on the 12th and 13th October 2017.

In April 2017 whaiora Māori shared their aspirations to deliver a wānanga to whakawhanaunga (make connections), to capture the richness of Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and to come together to wānanga solutions to increase self-sufficiency for Māori health and wellbeing.

Tūmata Kōkiritia wānanga was developed, designed and co-hosted by Te Kete Pounamu (National Voice for Whaiora Māori) and tangata whenua from the Tāmaki Makaurau region to create a space of healing from Te Ao Māramatanga. (Matekitawhiti Chase)We see people experiencing spiritual turmoil. If I’m outspoken about that I’m shut down because it challenges the medical model – Hui Participant Tūmata means to ignite, to incinerate, to burn as getting rid of the old thinking. Kōkiritia means to champion, to promote, to lead and to advocate. Tūmata Kōkiritia therefore means igniting champions to lead, to advocate and provoke: Shifting the Paradigm.A space of healing from Te Ao Māramatanga is the creation of an environment for tangata to reach a greater understanding of their own experiences through kōrerorero and mātauranga Maori, whereby they feel empowered to use their knowledge within to heal themselves, their whanau, hapū and iwi.The four key areas identified as important to whaiora Māori wellbeing that provided the foundation of the wānanga were:

  • Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge)
  • Mana enhancing practices
  • Tino Rangatiratanga (Self-determination, autonomy)
  • Kotahitanga (Unity)

Seventy-two people from 25 iwi attended the noho wananga to support the kaupapa, whakawhanaungatanga and share their insights. The kōrero and learnings from the wānanga will contribute towards whaiora Māori led solutions that influence least restrictive practice and best practice when working with Māori.

Te Kīwai Rangahau team, Te Rau Matatini provided Te Kete Pounamu with a kaupapa Māori Participatory Research approach advocated for whaiora Māori to be able to reach ‘a truth’ about their own lives, enhanced by their own worldviews and therefore influence changes that are needed to ensure positive outcomes for themselves (Bishop, 1994; Cram, 1995; Smith, 1996). The approach is reliant on a process of negotiation, participation and respecting of the leadership of whaiora Māori within Tūmata Kōkiritia – Shifting the Paradigm.

ISBN978-1-98-850173-4 – Electronic, 978-1-98-850172-7 – Print
CITATIONButler, K., & Te Kīwai Rangahau. (2017). Tūmata Kōkiritia -Shifting the Paradigm 2017. Te Rau Matatini