Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell
(Ngāi Tai & Ngāti Porou)
Following the completion of her post-doctoral research which investigated indigenous New Zealanders’ end of life experiences Tess began working as a Research Fellow for the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group in 2013. Her current research interests focus on traditional Māori end of life care preferences and experiences using Kaupapa Māori and Māori-centred research methodologies. Te Ārai’s Kahui Kaumātua (elders’ advisory group) asked Tess to lead the Pae Herenga end of life study to gather information about Māori end of life care through an investigation of whānau tikanga (customs) and kawa (guidelines). The NZ Health Research Council funded the three year study in 2017. The findings from 60 interviews and digital stories will be presented. Interviews were conducted with whānau, spiritual practitioners, rongoā clinicians and Māori health professionals from the Mid-North, Hawkes Bay and Wellington and Whanganui. Digital stories and written publications will be freely available via an online website in 2020. The findings will support whānau and New Zealand health providers and hospices to meet the aspirations and preferences of Māori whānau.