Public symposium, 16 March

In association with the 2018 NZAP Conference in Dunedin, there will be a public symposium.  This represents the reinstatement of an old tradition where a conference would include something for the general public.

Speaker:        Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell

Title:                The Pae Herenga Study 

Venue:            Dunedin Public Art  Gallery

Start time:      7.15pm (The time is set to coincide with the return of passengers from the “Monarch” boat trip on Dunedin Harbour.)

Cost:                 $10.00, pay at the door


In this seminar Tess will introduce the Pae Herenga Study (funded by the Health Research Council of NZ). The study is aimed at providing a whānau perspective of caring for whānau at end of life. Tess will draw from the interviews from the Mid-North to highlight some early findings. This three year qualitative study is being carried out in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland. It employs Kaupapa Māori Research methods to investigate the traditional tikanga (customs) and kawa (guidelines) Māori whānau use to care for a family member at the end of life. Four key sites are involved: Mid-North, Hastings/Napier, Wellington and Whanganui. Up to 60 whānau, tohunga (spiritual) practitioners, Māori health providers and rongoā clinicians will be interviewed. Digital storytelling workshops will produce at least 15 digital stories about participants’ experiences of providing care at the end of life. The project also investigates the various things that health and palliative care services do that help whānau enact their traditional care customs as well as identifying those things that inhibit whānau from carrying out their preferred care.


Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki) is a Research Fellow for the Te Ārai Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group, School of Nursing, University of Auckland. Tess’s research interests include palliative care research with an emphasis on Māori whānau perspectives of end of life care. Tess would like to see whānau supported to provide well-resourced end of life care to ill and dying family members. Her PhD developed a post-colonial analysis of Māori women’s cultural hybridity. Tess sits on Hospice New Zealand’s Governance Board to develop the Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme which she recently helped to evaluate. She has worked as an ACC Registered Sexual Abuse Clinician in the BoP region. In 2017 she was awarded a Health Research Grant to lead the Pae Herenga Study; this is a three year qualitative study to gather and share information about traditional Māori end of life customs.