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Lectures focus on Māori experience of trauma

Lectures focus on Māori experience of trauma

The Ngai Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury is hosting a lecture series, He Kokonga Whare - Māori and the Transmission of Historical Trauma, on the high rates of trauma that generations of Māori have experienced.

Māori people experience high rates of trauma, which can be passed from one generation to another, and is correlated with a range of health and social problems, from heart disease to imprisonment.

The Roadshow Lectures explore the findings of the He Kokonga Whare Research Programme – a five-year endeavour investigating the way that Māori people experience and seek healing from the impacts of colonialism.

Each lecture explores a different topic related to the themes of trauma and healing, including: Māori traditional approaches to trauma; alienation from land; imprisonment; and sexual violence.

The lectures include:

• 11am , Understanding healing and historical trauma through a mātauranga Māori lens, Dr Takirirangi Smith, Research Associate, Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University, He Kokonga Whare Project Leader

• 11.40am The direct and indirect psychosocial trauma of land alienation on Ngai Tahu Māori, Dr John Reid, Senior Research Fellow, Ngai Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury, He Kokonga Whare Project Leader – Whenua,

• 1pm Successful reintegration of Māori prisoners into communities through addressing the trauma of dislocation from hapū/self-knowledge, Helena Rattray - Researcher, Te Atawhai o te Ao - He Kokonga Whare Project Leader – Prisons,

• 1.40pm Healing practices and Kaupapa Māori solutions for those impacted by sexual violence, Associate Professor Leonie Pihama - Director, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato, He Kokonga Whare Project Leader - Sexual Violence

He Kokonga Whare - Māori and the Transmission of Historical Trauma, 10.30am – 2.30pm, Tuesday 4 October, in the John Britten Conference Foyer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. To attend please RSVP before 30 September, by


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