William Edwards

Doctor of Philosophy, (Public Health)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Taupaenui: Maori positive ageing

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Mr Edwards investigated the characteristics of Maori positive ageing using research approaches based on Maori knowledge and Western science. He found three key elements: it is primarily located within a Maori worldview; it may be considered a life-long process not only concerned with the standing of older people but also with the adoption of a proactive ageing process that fosters resilience and provides for Maori to share equitably in the benefits of society; Maori collectives have a critical role to play by making compensatory actions more achievable and promoting an approach to ageing that begins well before old age itself.

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