Study learns from kaumātua – “life is great today”


Rei Ngatai (Te Atiawa / Ngati Rahiri).

Research into what it means to be a Māori elder today has found kaumātua and kuia love life, and are actively engaged in their community and whānau.

Findings from a feasibility study were presented to the Age Concern New Zealand / New Zealand Association of Gerontology 2009 Conference by Dr Lorna Dyall and Professor Ngaire Kerse.

Dr Dyall said a study was conducted with 33 kaumātua and kuia aged between 75 and 79 to find out what growing old means to Māori, what challenges are faced, and how elders see themselves in today’s context. Read more