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E kore au e ngaro – The enduring legacy of whakapapa

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Health Sciences, Humanities
Host campus
School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies
Associate Professor Karyn Paringatai


Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in the areas of Māori knowledge, whakapapa and health, as part of a Marsden-funded research project, “E kore au e ngaro – The enduring legacy of whakapapa”. The aim of the research project is to assess the socio-cultural impact of the interrelationship between whakapapa and genetic research.

Through the lens of whānau with a CDH1 mutation, this study will investigate:

  • the role of whakapapa in empowering whānau
  • experiences of whānau with a CDH1 mutation
  • culturally-responsive genetic research

The three areas of research will shed light on how Māori can harness the power of their whakapapa for their physical well-being, as well as how scientists and the health-care system can engage more with whānau for better health outcomes.

The successful applicant will work on a project that explores the socio-cultural impact of genetic research on whānau Māori, in particular those with the CDH1 mutation, that contributes to the aims of this research project.


Karyn Paringatai