Wed 9 Dec 2020

Spotlight on WITT research

We recently hosted Hui Kōrerorero Rangahau - WITT’s 2020 Research Hui – to showcase the best of WITT research across a range of disciplines. The event brought staff together to present their research to their peers for feedback, engage in discussion and network with fellow researchers.

There were nine presenters, the majority of who had been through a blind peer review of their abstracts in order to have their work selected to be presented at the hui.

The types of research ranged from climate finance readiness to trauma-informed health care; from phreatic evaporation (it’s a soil thing!) to indigenous knowledge; and even explored online fitness communities during Aotearoa’s Covid-19 lockdown.

The research event was presented in a new format this year. Previously staff had presented at various points throughout the year, but not as a collective on the same day.

Academic Director Nita Hutchinson said it was a successful hui, with the new format working well. She said the research presented on the day highlighted the wide range of expertise and areas of interest across the organisation.

“Research is important at WITT not only as a requirement of delivering degrees and graduate diplomas, but also to provide ongoing exploration into our subject areas and applying what we learn to our teaching practice,” she said.

The hui started with a keynote address from Ken Taiapa, a public health researcher and evaluator. He has experience and skills in using kaupapa Māori and action research methodologies in both qualitative and quantitative settings.

Ken is currently finishing his PhD exploring the relationship between healthy people and healthy environments in a local context. He shared with us some of his experiences of kaupapa Māori in a community action research context.

A Peoples’ Choice Award was awarded to Tara Malone, a WITT nursing lecturer who has a special interest in mental health. Tara presented her research on the effectiveness of trauma-informed care training on the attitudes of health professionals working in mental health and addiction services.

Research abstracts are available to read here.