New and Emerging Researchers Awards

The New and Emerging Researchers Awards have been run by Community Research since 2009. We select New Zealand’s finest New and Emerging Community Researchers who present their research at a one-day Community Research Seminar.

2011 Community Research Seminar and Awards

DSC_0005The 2011 Community Research Seminar was held at the Unitec Marae, Mt Albert, Auckland on Thursday 17 November.

Around 50 people from 8 tertiary institutions, 17 community organisations, 2 government agencies and one philanthropic trust attended.

Six new and emerging researchers presented their research and received feedback and awards.

Presenters included:

  • Dr Stephanie Palmer (Tumana Research) – Piloting a tool for cultural impact assessment in local government RMA decisions
  • Karey Meisner (University of Canterbury) – Better understanding the phenomenon of men’s help/experience with mental ill-health
  • Jaimee Stuart (Victoria University Wellington) – Pathways to positive development for Muslim immigrant youth in Western contexts
  • Priyanca Radhadkrishnan (Victoria University Wellington) – Forced and underage marriage in NZ
  • Jolene Salmond (Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology) – Exploring the possibilities of sitting the social work role within a GP practice

2010 Community Research Seminar and Awards

The 2010 Community Research Seminar was a one-day gathering for the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector. It was held on 1 December 2010 at the Kuratini Marae, Massey University, Wellington and was supported by Unitec and NZ Lottery Grants Board.

The 2010 New Zealand Community Researcher Awards were presented to five emerging researchers, who each spoke on their research topics, plans and progress and engaged in constructive conversations with the Seminar participants, all of whom had special expertise or interest in community research.

Fay Pouesi

Fay Pouesi – a 2010 winner

  • Sue Bradford (AUT) – Research design issues for PhD exploring what conditions would enhance the development of a left wing think tank in New Zealand?
  • Fay Pouesi (Unitec) – The validity of a ‘community of care’ approach as an alternative to working with Maori Women who have experienced domestic or intimate partner violence: A case -study of Westside Counselling Services in West Auckland.
  • Lisa Chant (University of Auckland) – ‘Hauora Kotahitanga: Issues encountered in the PhD journey’
  • Wendy Henwood (Te Rarawa Iwi Research and Development Group) – Research work in supporting Maori community development in the Far North.
  • Barbara L’Huillier (University of Waikato) – PhD research reporting a critical interruption in the governance of a local state high school
  • Matthew Walters (Aranui Community Trust) – A model of research informing community development in Aranui, Christchurch 

The Inaugural Community Research Seminar and Awards for New and Emerging Researchers

fb logoIn 2009, Community Research received a $3000 research grant from Unitec NZ to provide travel scholarships to enable nine postgraduate students doing relevant masters or PhD research to present at a one day seminar in Wellington on November 5.  The seminar, held at the Kuratini Marae on Massey University’s Wellington campus, was attended by around 50 people from eight different tertiary institutions, 17 community organisations, two government agencies and one philanthropic trust who all shared an interest in this research.

This was the first time such a seminar has been organised in Aotearoa. The Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre’s initiative in building support and dissemination networks for postgraduate research related to this sector in Aotearoa was very positively endorsed by all who attended.  Unitec NZ funding and the Research Centre’s subsidy of the event was acknowledged at the seminar and much appreciated.

Presenters included:

Theme One:  Diverse pressures on Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector organisation’s cultures of practice

  • Awhina English (Otago Uni, PhD) – Kaimahi Māori – Working in Social Service Organisations.
  • Albert Kuruvila (Canterbury Uni, PhD) – Management of Non-Governmental Social Service Organisations in New Zealand
  • Pat Webster (Massey Uni PhD) – The influence of market forces on the organisation and practice of New Zealand charitable organisations engaged in social development
  • Megan Weir (Otago Uni, Masters thesis) – Impact of Measurement and Accountability on Non Government Organisation Social Work Practice. Otago Youth Wellness Trust
  • Marnie Carter – (Massey Uni Postgraduate Diploma in Social Sector Evaluation Research)  Increasing quality in out of school programmes: Navigating tensions during the development of a national quality assurance system.

Theme Two:  Collaborative research processes and community empowerment

Jane Bruning - a 2009 presenter

Jane Bruning – a 2009 presenter

  • Anna Cox  (Waikato Uni, PhD) –  Collaborative research  with ‘communities of practice’  concerned with community gardening
  • Ann Sharley (Uni of South Australia, PhD) – Art builds capacity, art builds community: Changing people’s lives through the arts.
  • Jane Bruning (Unitec, Masters of Social Practice) – Stigma and Women living with HIV: A Cooperative Inquiry
  • Carol Walden (Unitec, Masters of Social Practice) – Tertiary and School Partnership to Improve Educational Outcomes in Waitakere City