Indigenous Gaze: Transforming community through reclaiming health literacy practice, utilising methods of co-design, art-based creation and collaboration.


Decolonisation is about redistributing the power that seeks to dispossess us; that is the transformation of Western dominance, by no longer legitimising its existence, but seeking power in our own philosophies, truths and stories. This doctoral research was based an innovation within an Iwi (nation) health organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand – that defined ‘health literacy’ within the context of the community. This research promotes reclamation of ‘health literacy’ as a space for Māori to be ourselves; a space that is negotiated, adaptive and shaped by people, whānau and communities.