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    Applying Materiality Judgements
    (SSRN, 2023-11-10) Botica Redmayne N; Ehalaiye D; Ahmad F; Edeigba J; Laswad F
    This is a research report prepared for the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board (NZASB) of the External Reporting Board (XRB) on how the International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB's) requirements and guidance on materiality are applied to improve disclosures in general purpose financial statements.
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    Caring for our Wisdom Bearers: Pacific Mātua (Elder) Care Report
    (NIUPATCH Massey University, 2023) Alefaio-Tugia, Siautu; Mafile’o, Tracie; Vaka, Sione; Leau, Kotalo; Satele, Petra
    This final report outlines findings from research investigating Pacific mātua (elder) care practices and the way in which caring for mātua impacts the health and wellbeing of Pacific carers and families. Traditionally, Pacific Islands households mobilise around caring for Mātua (Elders) - in this study our elders are referred to as ‘wisdom bearers’. With migration to Aotearoa New Zealand, change impacts the care Pacific families have traditionally provided. Very little was known about the cultural changes that impact traditional family based elder care, and the needs of aiga (extended family) who sustain it, until now. This report provides insights about Pacific carer practices and the blessing with challenges they faced in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pacific methods of research, Talanoa and Fa’afaletui, were used to capture perspectives and experiences of caring for Mātua. Fa’afaletui of 8 Talanoa (cultural- participatory dialogue) were conducted with over 120 participants representing 57 families, across two North Island cities of urban and regional areas. Fa’afaletui (collective houses of wisdom) represent Samoan and Tongan populations of the Pacific diaspora from Carers, Mātua (elders), Tinā (mothers), Tamā (fathers) and Tupulaga (youth). The ages ranged from 6 - 87yrs. Objectives of this study were: • Identify Pacific elder-care practices that contribute to the health and wellbeing of Pacific elders, carers and families • Examine the impact of cultural-contextual change on Pacific Mātua care practices • Detail the socio-cultural and material supports needed to sustain Pacific care practices. Results highlight a unique Pacific Aiga-care practice called ‘Tausi Mātua’ (Caring for Elders), as a collective system of care based on family life-cycle. Tausi Mātua is a Samoan term and is found to be alive and well within the Pacific diaspora of Aotearoa. Although it has changed over time and place, impacting the way it is now practised, Pacific Mātua remain the core of Aiga-wellbeing. Tausi Mātua is expressed by families as a blessing endowed with its own challenges that require support. Pacific families are an integral part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s diverse cultural fabric, and they make significant contributions as caregivers. Tongan participants discussed their fatongia (duties and responsibilities) in the traditional halafononga (pathway) and the need to change this halafononga in NZ. However, they encounter challenges that hinder their ability to fulfil their caregiving roles effectively. Our findings call for Pacific Mātua-care policies centred on Aiga/kāinga (family) wellbeing that should consider: Carer leave provision for Aotearoa, focused Pacific Mātua carer training, transitional support for life after care (especially for Youth carers), broadening definitions of family beyond households to accommodate multiple carers, extending the provision of super (pension) beyond realm countries to enable freedom of mobility to age-well, support for church and community-led centres of care, and housing that is accessible ensuring families are supported to care well, and be well.
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    Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou: A visual timeline of the influences on Māori wellbeing
    (Research Centre for Hauora & Health, Massey University, 2023-10-24) Renall N; Te Morenga L
    Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou: A visual timeline of the influences on Māori wellbeing was developed as a tool for students, teachers, and lecturers to expand understanding of how cultural and social determinants can impact hauora (wellbeing). The first part of this resource provides a brief description of Māori models of health and wellbeing. The second part of this resource is a visual timeline of historical events that occurred in Aotearoa and may have influenced the health and wellbeing of Māori at the time and today. The third part expands on the timeline and provides brief descriptions of some of the key historical events that occurred. The events have been colour-coded to represent which dimension of health they have the greatest impact on: Mauriora (cultural identity), Waiora (physical environment), Toiora (healthy lifestyles), Te Oranga (participation in society), or Hauora (a combination of all of these factors).
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    Evaluating a Psychosocial Safety Climate Intervention for Reducing Work-Related Psychosocial Risk in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
    (2023-08-25) Tappin D; Blackwood K; Bentley T; Port Z; Bone K; D'Souza N; Gardner D; Ashby L; Dollard M; Leka S; Aditya J; Roskruge M; Foliaki S; McDonald B
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    Teacher and Student Well-being in the Covid-19 pandemic - Full report
    (2022-04-30) Dharan V; Pond R; Mincher N; Muralidharan V
    This project sought to understand the perspectives of teachers and students in the lower North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand at the time of the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in March 2020 and during the following several months. Thirteen teachers from seven schools in the Manawatū-Horowhenua and Greater Wellington area and seven focus groups of Year 4 to 8 students from four of the schools participated in this project. This final report includes the findings from teachers and students’ perspectives of the affordances and challenges of lockdown and subsequent return to school, and their perspectives on helpful strategies in the event of similar situations given the unpredictable times. Analysis of teachers’ perspectives highlighted three interrelated themes –Stepping up Ngāwhiringatanga; Building Resilience and Reflecting and Recalibrating. The lockdown provided teachers time for introspection and have some time for their own personal well-being and growth. Although the challenge of adapting to online teaching sessions was stressful, the increased knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 on families and communities, had a profound impact on ongoing pedagogy of teachers. Teachers were resilient to the challenges and supported the resilience and well-being of students both during lockdown and on their return to school. They were supported by their school systems to ease pressure on academic learning and focus on holistic well-being of students such as spending quality time with their families. The lockdown highlighted the importance of work life balance, with teachers experiencing the benefits of having the time and space to focus on their personal well-being, which is critical for the well- being of their students, enabling them to support their students becoming resilient in the face of adversities caused by the ongoing presence of the pandemic. The students’ on the other hand while feeling isolated from their peers and anxious about the effects of the virus on their near and dear ones, appreciated the quality time that they could spend with their families and pets, and more importantly the flexibility that lockdown offered in terms of their learning. The key inter-related themes from their perspectives were: worry about safety and changes; restrictions and isolation; freedom and autonomy; friendship and connection; and quality family time.
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    Delivering Urban Wellbeing through Transformative Community Enterprise
    (2019) Dombroski K; Diprose G; Conradson D; Healy S; Watkins A