April 3, 2023

Studentship 2023 - Political Party Election Platforms

Studentship 2023 - Political Party Election Platforms

Political party election platforms research in the 2023 election year

This Whakauae studentship is intended to assist a tertiary student to both further their education and develop their research skills. It will be of interest to those seeking ‘hands on' research experience working alongside senior Māori health researchers for three months over the winter of 2023. The studentship will provide experience and support for a Māori student wanting to learn new skills and gain experience in game-changing research. The award is contestable and selection will be based on academic merit and research capability. The student taking up the award will be supported by an academic supervisor.

The student will work under the direction and guidance of one of our Māori researchers on a research project that focuses on Aotearoa New Zealand political party election platforms for the 2023 election. The project requires gathering and analysing information on key election platforms, messages and action plans promoted by the main political parties.

The student will survey, gather and review relevant information published on political party websites, in the print, broadcast and digital media and in social media to produce a comprehensive report on the key messages being promoted by the main political parties. The focus of data collection and analysis will be Māori issues; specifically housing, primary health care, governance and leadership. The report produced will form the basis of an insights campaign to be conducted by Whakauae Research. The insights campaign will highlight election year priorities for the political parties and how these address issues of relevance to Māori health and wellbeing.

Engaging in supported data analysis and write-up processes will offer the student unique opportunities to both apply their existing skills and knowledge and foster further development in analytical thinking and writing within an environment which promotes research excellence.

The Studentship includes payment of a tax-free award of $7,000 and will run from May 2023 to July 2023 – subject to agreement.



Whakauae Research sees the dissemination of research knowledge as the bridge that spans the gap between research and policy, research and practice, and research and the lives of whānau Māori. To bridge that gap, Whakauae has developed its own model of dissemination: TUI (translation, uptake and impact). TUI determines the principal parts of the dissemination process consistent with our values, goals and responsibilities as an Iwi-owned research centre. This election platforms project is consistent with the wider aspiration of Whakauae to deliver insights that matter, at a time when it matters. By matching our current research knowledge, in the areas of housing, primary health care and Māori governance, with the wider political discourse and offerings within the Aotearoa New Zealand election space we are hoping to offer hapori Māori a lens to make informed decisions about their participation in the 2023 election process.

Māori health research values Māori worldviews and builds Māori research capacity and leadership. Join us in contributing to building an evidence base that contributes to Māori health gains, derived from high-quality Māori health research that upholds rangatiratanga and uses and advances Māori knowledge, resources, and people.


Eligibility and conditions

  • Applicants must have some understanding of te reo Māori me ngā tikanga and an interest in mātauranga Māori.
  • Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and expertise in the research area.
  • Ideally applicants will have completed, or be enrolled in, an undergraduate, honours, masters' or doctoral degree at any Australian or New Zealand university.


Application process

Applications for the studentship will be open from 27 March 2023 to 21 April 2023.  To apply please send your CV, a reference from an academic supervisor and a covering letter to: sonja@whakauae.co.nz


For further details on the project or for any questions about the award please contact: tanya@whakauae.co.nz

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