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Poutama 2021: Cultural congruency and attachment, Auckland

May 1 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

$40 – $150

Cultural Congruency & Attachment May 2021 (PDF)

The Poutama seminars provide learning steps that embrace Māori knowledge, promote Māori Health and create linkages to the growing diversity of interventions utilised within social and mental health communities in Aotearoa. Poutama are marae-based seminars delivered to provide excellent Māori professional development opportunities for a wide range of health-related disciplines.

Cultural Congruency and Attachment: Findings from the Tūhono Māori Research Study

For the most part Attachment Theory (AT) has assumed an uncritical position within child welfare services and psychotherapy here in Aotearoa New Zealand. New emerging challenges from Māori health practitioners are questioning the cultural congruency of AT with whānau Māori (Māori families). Tūhono Māori is an indigenous research project that investigated Māori concepts and understandings of healthy attachments. To do this we used Kaupapa Māori an Indigenous research methodology supported by appropriate qualitative methods to include pūrākau as a data collection method. The study set out to develop a contemporary Indigenous theory that will help to inform interventions for traumatised mokopuna Māori while promoting secure whānau relationships. This presentation brings together the design features of the study and key findings. It will include a discussion on the four research imperatives that are fundamental to this distinctively Kaupapa Māori research study to include decolonising, healing, transformative and mobilising agendas.


Dr Alayne Mīkahere-Hall: Ngāti Whatua, Te Rarawa, Waikato Tainui is a founding member of Waka Oranga and a rūnanga member; a member of NZAP and a registered psychotherapist. Alayne is a senior lecturer and research fellow at AUT Taupua Waiora Research Centre. She has a background in child mental health and actively advocates within the psychotherapy profession for cultural interventions to improve outcomes for Māori and Indigenous people. Alayne’s research activities seek to advance culturally informed interventions in the areas of suicide prevention, psychological and emotional trauma, historical trauma and solutions to overcome the negative impacts of violence and trauma.

To register

Please complete the form Cultural Congruency & Attachment May 2021 or register online.


May 1
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$40 – $150


Whaiora Marae
20 Otara Road, Otara
Auckland, New Zealand


Waka Oranga