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Tikanga - Principles

The isafe research team and its members will function in accordance with the following tikanga/principles:

  • Respect and optimise the mana, tapu/safety and welfare of the wāhine/women, tamariki/children and whānau/family.
  • Maintain the cultural integrity of Māori within the matatini/diversity of iwi/tribal differences.
  • Be sensitive and inclusive of diversity.
  • Act in a collaborative manner with our community and research partners.
  • Be committed to disseminate and translate the research and its findings to the appropriate groups.
  • Strive for scientific excellence and integrity.
  • Ensure that the strands of intellectual property, including indigenous knowledge, are honoured and kept safe.
  • Support the wellbeing of the research team and its individuals.
  • Have fun doing our work.


  • Tikanga - Principles. Tika means correct or right, therefore within the context of isafe, it is being used to mean those principles that ensure we undertake the isafe research so that we protect those things are important to our team.
  • Mana - Refers to a person's or group's integrity and prestige.
  • Tapu - Used to make reference to restrictions placed on a person or parts of the environment to keep people well and safe. For isafe tapu is being used within the context of safety for the women and children, which we do by doing things in the right way.
  • Wāhine - Women (plural). Women in traditional Maori society held an important place as not only the bearers of future generations but also complemented the role of the tane (or men).
  • Tamariki - Children (although youth and adolescents are usually referred to as taitamariki, taiohi or rangatahi), who in traditional Maori society held important roles as the future generations and leaders.
  • Mātātini - Refers to the many faces so in the context of this study it refers to the diversity that exists within the people we will come across in our research.