Mary-Kaye Wharakura

Mary-Kaye Wharakura

Researcher, RAUORA TRIAL

Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Waikato te Awa
Ko Pōtatau te Wherowhero te Tangata
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Waikato te Iwi
He piko he taniwha
He piko he taniwha
Waikato Taniwharau
Ko Taane i te Pupuke te Wharenui
Ko Miria te Kakara te Wharekai
Ko te umu Koorero te Pouwhenua
Ko Ngaati Mahuta te Hapuu
Ko Waahi Paa te Marae
Ko Mary-Kaye Wharakura toku ingoa

Research and knowledge informs on the mana and wellbeing of the iwi, hapuu, marae, whānau and community.  I work in health research for the promotion of Māori development and, Māori achievement.  

Traditionally Māori did not smoke and by working as a researcher on the Rauora study, this is my way of increasing the notions of health and wellbeing and, effectively contributing to the best outcomes for whānau.  

I devote my practice to maintaining cultural integrity and upholding the respect and mana of each individual.  

The Rauora study addresses the physical, mental and spiritual damage smoking causes to the health of the individual and their whānau.  We treat the physical dependence of nicotine with smoking cessation medication and, provide behavioural support that is culturally appropriate to the individual and, whole whānau.

The highlight of my mahi, is the whānaungatanga connections made with our people on the trial.  The courageous conversations that emerge from this space are incredible and transformative. It’s a true privilege.

Helping others become smokefree has never been more important.

Sir Robert Mahuta said, “There is no development without research and no research without development.

Research informs on how Māori can create a sustainable future for their whānau.
Realising Māori potential begins with you.
Mauri ora!