Mental Health MH20, 2018 – 2020

Pathways to First Episode Psychosis and Outcomes in Maori New Zealand


Previous research with Pacific and Māori in the mental health domain has valued cultural conceptualisations of health and wellbeing. However, little progress has been made towards embedding culturally focused programmes into health and mental health provision. The Indigenous Solutions Research Programme, involves a joint partnership between, Te Rau Matatini (Māori) and the Family Centre (Pacific) pursuing four research projects. These projects will provide a suite of innovative, culturally focused and community based programmes. They will ensure that young people in particular, but also people throughout the life course, are given access to culturally responsive prevention and early intervention approaches that will lead to better mental health outcomes. This implementation-focused research will enable the application of indigenous approaches to increase mental health resilience. It will be focused on prevention and designed to increase the capacity of service provision and policy applications for Māori and Pacific families, communities and mental health workers.

The Mana Rangatahi project aims to investigate whether a mix of cultural factors and theoretical components within programmes are effective for at-risk Māori students to help them remain at school to be able to plan positive futures. Objective 1. To examine whether Māori cultural content in the programme helps increase at-risk students’ well-being. Objective 2. To examine whether a mix of cultural and theoretical components within a programme improve at-risk youth mental health. Objective 3. To find out what aspects of cultural content at-risk students find most useful. Objective 4. To find out what aspects of the whole programme at-risk students find most useful.

First named investigator

Name Dr Kahu McClintock

Funding organisations

  • Mental Health MH20
  • New Zealand
  • 2018 – 2020