Pae Herenga Study

Pae Herenga Research Team

The Pae Herenga team is guided by the Te Ārai Kāhui Kaumātua Advisory Group

The Pae Herenga team is led by a small group of researchers from the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group (School of Nursing, University of Auckland), as well as academics from other departments and community research collaborators.

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Principal Investigator

Mr Rawiri Wharemate, Named Investigator

Professor Merryn Gott, Named Investigator

Professor Linda Nikora, Named Investigator

Associate Professor Janine Wiles, Named Investigator

Dr Lisa Williams

The Pae Herenga team is a bicultural team made up of kaumātua, members of the Te Ārai Palliative and End of Life Research Group (University of Auckland), community Māori researchers, academics, clinicians, geographers and rongoā and spiritual practitioners. You can find out more about some of the team members by reading their biographies (click on their names).

A number of research assistants and administrators have also supported the three-year study at different times over the course of the project:

Kathleen Mason

Frances Toohey

Nette Scurr

Vanessa Eldridge

Donna Kerridge

Fran Svebakk

Keistin Woodman

Transciption support: Dr Shoba Naya

Kia ora, my name is Tess Huia Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Makaurau & Ngāti Porou). Following on from my post-doctoral investigation (2009 - 2012) on Māori end of life experiences, I’ve worked in the School of Nursing, University of Auckland as a Research Fellow and a founding member of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group. In 2017 I was awarded a project grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to lead the Pae Herenga study. The Kāhui Kaumātua Rōpū for Te Ārai asked me to lead a study to gather information about the traditional care customs whānau manaaki (family carers) use to care for their kaumātua (older person) at the end of their life, and to share this with Māori whānau who will be called on to provide care to their kaumātua. We also wanted to share this information with Hospice New Zealand, palliative care professionals as well as health and social care professionals more broadly. We are grateful to Hospice NZ for supporting this study since its inception.

The Pae Herenga study is important as there is an anticipated rise in older Māori deaths over the next thirty years; we need to prepare ourselves for the privilege of caring for our kaumātua. On behalf of my team, I would like to thank each and every person and whānau who took part in the Pae Herenga study. Without everyone’s support we would not have been able to complete this piece of work.

He rau ringa oti ai.

Many hands make light work.


Professor Merryn Gott is the director of Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group . Merryn set up the Te Ārai research group in collaboration with her colleagues in 2014 (most of us are from the School of Nursing, University of Auckland). We are a multi-disciplined group of researchers who are committed to improving the ageing experiences and health outcomes of older New Zealanders. We conduct research that feeds into education, policy and public health programmes to support whānau and families, as well as and health and palliative care services, to provide excellent end of life care.

The Pae Herenga team. This photo was taken November 2nd 2017 at our first full team hui, Auckland. Absent: Andy Peters, Francis Te Pou and Donna Kerridge.

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