Pae Herenga Study

Digital Storytelling Workshops

Sixteen Pae Herenga participants had an opportunity to take part in producing a personalised digital story (short video) about their caregiving experiences.

Associate Professor Shuchi Kothari, Associate Professor Sarina Pearson and Mr Peter Simpson ran the workshops with the support of Dr Lisa Williams and a group of dedicated students from the University of Auckland.

Story telling

Associate Professor Shuchi Kothari, Associate Professor Sarina Pearson, Mr. Peter Simpson


We would like to thank Dr. Tess Moeke-Maxwell and the Pae Herenga team for the opportunity to collaborate on this project.  For the last five years we have been working with Professor Merryn Gott, Dr. Lisa Williams and the Te Ārai: Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group at the University of Auckland School of Nursing. Designing and facilitating digital storytelling workshops during which participants reflect upon their own experiences of caregiving, grieving, and healing has been an enriching and spiritually moving experience for us. Not only have we been part of interdisciplinary research that addresses how we live and die, but we have had the amazing fortune to meet people who have made a difference in their whānau and communities.


Pilot Digital Storytelling Workshop

This website also includes the stories from the digital storytelling pilot workshop (2015).

Digital Storytelling Project Producers were Associate Professor Shuchi Kothari, ([email protected]) Associate Professor Sarina Pearson ([email protected]) and Mr. Peter Simpson ([email protected])

Eight Māori and whānau supporters crafted digital stories about topics related to end of life caregiving, bereavement and tangihanga. Over the course of a weekend, they worked with filmmakers to make these 3-5-minute videos that includes their personal stories told by them in their own words. Researchers Tess Moeke-Maxwell and Stella Black offer their reflective commentary after each video to provide insight into some important themes highlighted in each story (see digital stories on Whanongo Pono Values section under Whānau Manaaki Welcome).

Pilot digital storytelling workshop participants featured in this photo: Eliza Carter, Manaaki Poto, Devi-Ann Hall, Stella Black, Kiripai Kaka, Bobbi/Jonine Nepia, Brent/Red Henare.

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