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The Manalagi: Aotearoa Pacific Rainbow Health and Wellbeing Project is funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, hosted at the University of Auckland and in collaboration with F'INE Pasifika Aotearoa. It aims to create a safe cultural research space for Pacific Rainbow+ communities to communicate their unique health and wellbeing needs. 


As both Pacific and Rainbow individuals face
stigma as a barrier to their health and wellbeing in New Zealand, the Manalagi project takes the ethos of co-community driven, embedded and owned, to empower Pacific Rainbow communities to help co-design health policy and services through research.

The project will document self-reported health information for those who self-identify as part of the Pacific Rainbow community through a three-year period. This consists of
extensive community consultation; delivery of a Pacific Rainbow Health Survey aimed at collecting 500-1000 respondents, and a culturally-appropriate collection and documentation of 50-60 Pacific Rainbow individual narratives detailing their experiences with health service delivery through the blending of talanoa, Pacific concepts of space like the va, and relationality with qualitative interviews.

Manalagi: Aotearoa Pacific Rainbow LGBTQIA+ MVPFAFF+ Health and Wellbeing Project

Enhancing the Mana of Pacific Peoples through Research



April - May 2021

In Phase One of the project, the research team will travel both motu to speak to members of our communities around what information needs to be collected. A draft survey instrument based on previous research will be taken to the community for feedback and further co-design.
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February - June 2022

In Phase Two of the project, the sharpened and co-community designed Manalagi survey will go live following Ethics approval. The survey testing period will be between October to December 2021. Following final survey adjustments in January 2022, we anticipate the survey will then go live in February 2022. The survey will be live for a 6 month collection phase, commencing during Auckland Pride Month and closing during World Pride Month.
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February 2022 - January 2023

In Phase Three of the project, the research team will collect and share narratives of our community members through talanoa. The purpose of Phase Three is to supplement the quantitative data with the nuance of qualitative knowledge.
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For further details on the Manalagi Project, please contact

Research Assistant, Allyssa Verner-Pula