From the Vanua into the future
Noa’ia, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings to you all
Matada Research Group (MRG) Ltd. is a social enterprise specialising in transformative research, consultation and program development to positively impact legislation, policy and practices to help improve Pacific peoples health and well being. Matada Research seeks to create solutions that enhance the wellbeing of individuals, communities and society.
As an independent social enterprise Matada Research is backed by highly qualified and experienced researchers that have both international and domestic experience in research. Matada Research leads with core Pacific values that shape our goals and vision; we believe that good research engages meaningfully with the communities that utilise the targeted service. Our values of relationships, reciprocity, respect and family are core pillars in our research approach.
Na noda Vanua sa koto e matada : The land looking into the future
The name Matada serves as a gift from previous generations to capture what research-driven practices are. They recognised that we stand on our land now and look to the future. In Fijian culture, the Vanua (land) is a source of knowledge, as a research collective, we stand on what we know and use it to look to the future.
Matada Research is an social enterprise that comprises of Pacific peoples who wish to ensure that policies and practices are informed by research so that the future we create is one where our communities are happy and healthy.
Matada Research uses four key values to drive research for change that benefits all communities. Our four values are the foundation of innovative and relevant research that shapes policy and practice.
Veireguci na Loloma
We stand on the shoulders of those who come before us and seek to give back by building on previous research, policy and practice that helps to serve the next generation.
We believe that research, consultation and program development should be done in partnerships with individuals, families and communities to serve these populations best.
Veidokai se vakarokoroko
We believe that our research is accountable to the individuals, families and communities we serve and all research we conduct operates with sincerity and transparent.
We recognise that people who participate in our research are part of a larger family and community and these collective relationships need to be respected and upheld.
Na noda Vanua sa koto e matada – The land looking into the future
Improve the well-being of individuals, families, communities and society.
Provide excellent Pacific research that shapes policy and practice through independent research.
Provide and develop services that best serves communities based on research, practice and experience.
Partnered with his extensive background in health Gerald has used his Pacific values to guide his career into the service and helping Pacific communities become happy and healthy.
Dr. Naepi is a highly qualified and experienced researcher with both national and international research experience that looks at addressing the inequities faced by both indigenous and Pacific communities.
Although many of us live the reality of the increased cost of living and the rapidly rising cost of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand, very few of us are aware of the numbers behind this lived reality. Despite our global reputation, Aotearoa New Zealand is becoming an increasingly inequitable society. Pacific peoples are bearing the brunt of this inequity, and without intervention, we are unlikely to see any changes.