Hokowhitu, B., Oetzel, J., Reddy, R., Smith, L. T., Simpson, M., Nock, S., … Johnston, K. (2017). Kaumātua mana motuhake: Kaumātua managing life-transitions through tuakana-teina/peer-education. In The New Zealand Medical Journal: Proceedings of the Waikato Clinical Campus Biannual Research Seminar (Vol. 130, pp. 108–108).
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People face signifi cant transition points as they age, such as loss of independent living, loss of a spouse and changing health conditions. Successfully navigating these transitions depends on being able to manage emotional and socio-economic factors, as well as service systems, while often being reliant on family or whānau. Historically however, kaumātua have faced a dominant society that has failed to realise their full potential as they age. Yet, for Māori, kaumātua are “carriers of culture, anchors for families, models for lifestyle, bridges to the future, guardians of heritage and role models for younger generations.” Kaumātua mana motuhake is invested in upholding kaumātua tino rangatiratanga (independence and autonomy) via high-quality Māori research that will lead to better life outcomes for kaumātua and their whā nau.
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