ABOUT THE MANALAGI PROJECT
Manalagi: Aotearoa Pacific Rainbow LGBTQIA+ MVPFAFF+ Health and Wellbeing Project
Enhancing the Mana of Pacific Peoples through Research
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 vā, and relationality with qualitative interviews.