Hei Āhuru Mōwai
and Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa
Inaugral Early Career Māori Cancer Research Awards

Researchers receive first Māori cancer research award

He tuatahinga ngā karahipi rangahau matepukupuku

  

Ka riro atu ngā karahipi rangahau tuatahi ki ngā kairangahau wahine Māori.  He tuatahi tēnei karahipi, nā mātou i tuku, mō te whakaheke nama pānga, me te nama mate matepukupuku Māori te kaupapa. He $160,000 mō ia tangata. 

We are excited to announce the first-ever Māori Cancer Research awards offered in collaboration with Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (Cancer Society of New Zealand). These awards have a primary aim of addressing cancer inequities for Māori and are worth $160,000 each over three years of full-time study. 

Building a thriving Māori cancer research community

The successful applicants

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Irene Kereama-Royal  

Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto 

Kei Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi e rangahau ana 

Te Ira Tangata, Te Oranga Whānau - Racism, genetics and Māori health inequity: An examination of the contribution of racism in genetics to cancer inequities among whānau Māori

Irene’s PhD examines the reasons for mistrust among whānau Māori with participating in genetics research and identifying the potential of genomics health to lift Māori health inequities in cancers.

He arohaehae I ngā take mō te hopo o ngā whānau Māori kia kuhu atu ki te rangahau mātai iranga tā Irene rangahau. Ko te whāinga, he turaki I aua taiapa e āhei ai te Māori te kuhu atu.   

"The funding is important - it provides a deeper understanding from whānau Māori voices about the barriers and disparities that lead to low participation rates in genetics based research, for example, where whānau have familial cancer.”

Ka rangahaua te pō 

Ka rangahaua te ao 

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Dr Myra Ruka 

Raukawa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Kuri 

He Clinical Haematologist ki Waikato. 

Kei Te Waipapa Taumata Rau ia e rangahau ana 

No Quality in Cancer Care, Without Kaupapa Māori Care Everywhere

 

In her mahi, Myra has identified that health system design is a major contributor to unjust and unfair Māori cancer outcomes. Myra’s PhD project aims to develop an equity and Tiriti o Waitangi led quality improvement framework for cancer care in Aotearoa. It will also include co-design and implementation of a Kaupapa Māori Cancer Service in the early cancer care pathway.

Kua tautohua e ia te moananui ki waenganui I te Māori me te Pākehā. Ko te hanganga o te pūnaha hauora te take. Ko te whāinga o tana PHD he whakatū I tētehi hanganga mana taurite mā te Tiriti o Waitangi.  

“This scholarship will enable me to reduce my work in the hospital and focus on completing my PhD. The added benefit of reducing my clinical equity role in the hospital is that it will create a succession opportunity for Māori clinicians to take up the clinical equity lead role.”

Mō Te Mana Māori

Mō Aotearoa

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Helena Abolins-Thompson 

Ngāti Toa Rangatira 

Kei Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou ia e rangahau ana

 

From individual cell transcripts to disease: in-depth analysis for Māori health  

Ko te nuinga o ngā maimoatanga mō te matepukupuku, he mea i whakamātauria ki ngā pūtau Pākehā. Heoi, ko tā Helena rangahau ko te mahi kē i ngā pūtau Māori. He mahinga tahi tēnei me ngā tūroro Māori, te manawhenua hoki. 

"This funding is incredibly important to me, and I am so grateful to be a recipient of this scholarship. Having had whānau impacted by cancer myself, the cause is very near and dear to my heart." 

Mihi

Me mihi ka tika ēnei wāhine Māori e whai nei i ngā rongoā, ngā kurahuna kia mana taurite ngā tangata katoa o Aotearoa ki ngā punaha hauora. Ka tahi. Ka rua, me mihi hoki Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa i tā rātou tautoko.  

We mihi to these wahine Māori for their commitment to equity and better cancer outcomes for our whānau Māori, and also to Cancer Society Aotearoa for their support in building Māori cancer research capacity.