He waka eke noa. Kaupapa Māori Theory and Praxis in traumatic brain injury and beyond


The role of waka is recognised as a central aspect of hauora (wellbeing) for Māori and they embody our ancestors’ knowledge and resilience. Waka are a source of powerful whakapapa stories that ground our identity. Waka form essential links with all peoples of Te Moana nui a Kiwa. Waka knowledge systems have been used in the development of Te Waka Oranga and Te Waka Kuaka two recently developed evidence-based resources for ensuring that the healing journey from traumatic brain injury (TBI) is culturally salient. This workshop invites discussion about kaupapa Māori theory building and measurement tool development.