About HĀ ORA

The Hā Ora: Let’s talk lung health website arose from a broader research project entitled Hā Ora: Improving early diagnosis of lung cancer for Māori and rural communities. The project was funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council (HRC - grant number 17/438) and was underpinned by a kaupapa Māori approach. The objective of the project was to explore the barriers to early diagnosis of lung cancer, experienced by Māori patients and whānau. The team, primarily based at the University of Waikato, worked with four rural localities in the Midland region of New Zealand who each had high lung cancer rates, to identify what they consider barriers to early diagnosis. As a result, the research team worked with each of these communities, to design four different interventions to help promote earlier diagnosis of lung cancer. The four communities are Opōtiki, Te Kuiti, Gisborne and Rotorua. To access the final reports for the project, you can go to the Hā Ora whānau report, or the Hā Ora healthcare provider report.

This website was a result of our mahi with our Opōtiki whānau. We hope it helps and supports whānau across Aotearoa with lung related conditions including lung cancer, to go and see the doctor as soon as they notice any symptoms, or get worried about something not being right.