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dc.contributor.authorLino, Aulola
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on an innovation in research practice developed during the course of a project involving work with vulnerable Pacific (Tongan) youth. It proposes an extension of the Kakala Research Framework, designed to capture traditional Tongan values in the research process. Kakala is the name given to a garland used on ceremonial occasions. The making of the kakala entails several processes, which can metaphorically be mapped onto research stages. Helu-Thaman (1999) identified three elements for the Kakala Research Framework: Toli (Data Collection), Tui (Data Analysis) and Luva (Data Analysis). Taufe’ulungaki and Johansson Fua (2005) added three more elements: Teu (Preparation), Mālie (Evaluation), Māfana (Transformational). In the author’s own research with Tongan youth at risk of suicide, it was discovered that the latter two elements needed to be integrated and interwoven with the other four elements in order to ensure appropriate connection and trust in relation to a sensitive topic. In this context, transparency about monitoring (evaluation) and transformative purpose throughout the research journey was vital, and enabled participant openness to sharing challenging experiences. This paper demonstrates how an enhanced culturally-specific research methodology can grow rich and purposeful community connections, embodying key values for culturally sensitive research work.en_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectSouth Auckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectTongans in New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectyouth suicideen_NZ
dc.subjectTongan youth in New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectindigenous researchen_NZ
dc.subjectresearch methodologyen_NZ
dc.subjectcultural responsivenessen_NZ
dc.subjectindigenous perspectivesen_NZ
dc.subjecttalanoa (traditional method of face-to-face conversations)en_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.titleMālie and māfana : a transformational approach to research with a vulnerable indigenous communityen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160701 Clinical Social Work Practiceen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methodsen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationLino, A. (2019, October). Mālie and māfana: A transformational approach to research with a vulnerable indigenous community. Paper presented at the ANZSWWER Symposium 2019 : Activism and social change : How can social work research and education contribute to a just world? Perth, Western Australia.en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleANZSWWER Symposium, Activism and Social Change: How Can Social Work Research and Education Contribute to a Just World?en_NZ
unitec.conference.titleANZSWWER Symposium 2019en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgAustralian & New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgEdith Cowan University (ECU) (Perth, Western Australia)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationPerth, Western Australia, Australiaen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaSocial Practice

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