Pūtahi Manawa

Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand (HHANZ), a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE)

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death and disability in Aotearoa and is a major contributor to the difference in life expectancy across the country. Pūtahi Manawa | Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand (HHANZ) is one of newest Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) hosted by Manaaki Manawa, Waipapa Taumata Rau | University of Auckland. We are a national collaborative network of researchers, community members, and educators passionate about achieving equity in heart health outcomes for Māori and Pacific Peoples. Pūtahi Manawa is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission, hosted at the University of Auckland and is supported by Māori and Pacific Leadership teams.

“We are here to do things differently because previous attempts to improve equity have failed. Thus, “business not as usual” is our ethos. Our team is committed to upholding the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are proud of our multicultural, interdisciplinary / inter-institutional collaborations, fostering the culturally safe space that allows for the innovation in our research and kaupapa.”

Lisa Wong, Research Operations Manager, Manaaki Manawa, University of Auckland

“Never before has there been Māori and Pacific leadership to guide a nationally coordinated effort to bring about the urgent changes for achieving equity in heart health in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pūtahi Manawa now provides this exciting opportunity, and we are honoured to be part of this incredible voyage”

Dr Anna Rolleston & Prof Julian Paton, Co-Directors of Pūtahi Manawa