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Dying still busy with life
By KAREN MANGNALL
Kia ngawari: Tess Moeke-Maxwell is looking for Maori diagnosed with a terminal illness
willing to tell their story for a study into Maori experiences of dying.
The last thing Tess Moeke-
Maxwell expected from partici-
pants in her study into Maori
experiences of dying was to find
them going for the gusto.
I thought I would be finding
people who are quite preoccupied
with their woes and nursing
themselves along,'' she says.
Instead I have been meeting
people who are very much alive
and have real enthusiasm and will
for living and are so inspirational
and positive about their future --
which is quite contradictory.''
Dr Moeke-Maxwell of Ngai Tai
Umupuia and Ngati Pukeko is
looking for up to 30 Maori in south
Auckland and Waikato willing to
tell their stories'' of living with a
She also hopes to get eight
volunteers for more detailed case
Until now no one's researched
how Maori make sense of what is
happening at this time of their
lives'' and what they find helpful,
We hope people who partici-
pate in the study will feel that
they are contributing to some-
Participants need to be 18 or
older, Maori and diagnosed with a
terminal or life-limiting'' illness.
So far Dr Moeke-Maxwell has
interviewed a handful of people,
mostly from south Auckland, and
is keen to hear from more,
We've had a lot of interest from
Maori men and it would be good to
have Maori women involved as
well,'' she says.
Her interviews are already
throwing up some common
themes. First, most don't talk
much at all about dying.
People seem to be so busy with
living and trying to get the best
quality out of their life and do all
the things that mean so much to
them that they actually aren't
wallowing in this dying identity.''
Second, they're taking part
because there's something very
specific'' they want to pass on to
help other whanau going through
the same thing in future.
And third, they're reluctant to
use hospice services because of a
mistaken belief it's for people
who don't have family -- they go
there to die''.
Identifying how the hospice and
palliative care sectors can better
serve Maori'' along with gaps in
formal, informal and Maori health
services is one of the goals of the
study, she says.
But the main thing is to look at
what Maori are experiencing and
how they're making sense of it.''
Participants will help edit their
own story'' and will get a copy
and access to any of the study's
And at the end of the study Dr
Moeke-Maxwell's hoping to have
enough of her Erihapeti Rehu-
Murchie Research Fellowship
grant left over to write a whanau-
TALKING ONE ON ONE
The Health Research Council
has granted Tess Moeke-
Maxwell $341,443 for her
three-year study into Maori
experiences of dying.
She is looking to interview up
to 30 Maori men and women
who have been diagnosed with
a terminal or life-threatening
condition, are 18 or over and
live in south Auckland or
She's also seeking eight
volunteers for more detailed
Interviews will be confidential
Arranged to suit the partici-
pants, at home, marae or
Last as long as they want to
Whanau are welcome to take
voucher is offered.
Each participant can edit the
written record of their interview
and keep a final copy. Partici-
pants in the study will not be
identified in any publications.
Contact Dr Moeke-Maxwell at
tessmm@ waikato.ac.nz or call
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