He Taonga te Whakapapa

Public Support
Second-hand smoke
Daniel Tawaroa
03 214 5260

Goals and objectives

  1. To hold 3 kaumātua story telling wananga
  2. Create 3 DVD resources
  3. To role model whānau ora
  4. Nurture and encourage tamariki to be auahi kore.

Target audience


Project fit with 2025 aims

Creating forum where ‘real’ conversations can take place is imperative if we, as Māori, want to address this issue.  It was the aim of the project to utilise the concept of whakapapa as a vehicle to making sustainable behavioural and intergenerational change.  Our kaumātua don’t want their mokopuna to get sick so by sharing their experiences and motivation linked to whakapapa the kōrero they provided asked our ‘uri whakatupuranga’ or the ‘next generation’ to be auahi kore and live smokefree lives for the future of our people.

Project contributed to:  Our children and grandchildren will be free from exposure to tobacco and tobacco use.

What happened

  1. Identified 3 kaumātua involved in our communities
  2. Interviewed and filmed kaumātua looking at photos, their memories of tobacco use in their whānau and when they grew up, recalling stories, talking about sports and how smoking impacted.
  3. Involved the whole whānau to share in the kōrero
  4. Interviewed and filmed whānau linked to the kaumātua to share their attitudes and opinions on tobacco use
  5. Edited interviews and information gathered to provide the basis of the DVD resource.


Kaumātua, whānau, marae communities, wider Māori community, IT support.

Key outcomes

  1. To develop a community whānau -centric resource
  2. To improve knowledge about the importance of an auahi kore lifestyle for generational change
  3. An improved attitude towards being auahi kore.

Key learnings

What worked well:

  1. Utilising environments that were comfortable for the kaumātua
  2. Guiding the korero as opposed to having set questions during the kaumātua interviews
  3. Having an awareness that there are many other factors that contribute to this issue and not just focussing on whānau who smoke (deficit focused)
  4. Using digital stories – IT.

What could be done differently:

  1. We realised quite early on in the project that 3 separate wānanga was not the only way to capture quality information and feedback.  Therefore, alongside the 3 planned wananga where we could capture attitudes and values about smoking/tobacco harm through broad and open discussion we opted to interview each kaumātua in their own whānau based setting which worked well and provided added value to the points raised during the series of wananga.
  2. Timeframes in consultation with IT staff.  Although all interviews are complete and information needed for resource has been finalised, the final digital stories are not completely edited.   Copies will be launched alongside other hauora initiatives coordinated by our Māori Public Health team during Matariki 2015.

Additional material

Some photographs of wananga:


Additional information

Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu is excited to be able to have developed a local resource which will encourage discussion within the context of our Murihiku community.


Page last updated: 23 Mar 2016