Matada Research

Creating brighter futures through research driven practice

Specialising in research, evaluation, knowledge, consultation, program development and knowledge dissemination for the health and well being of communities in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Creating brighter futures through research driven practice

Specialising in research, evaluation, knowledge, consultation, program development and knowledge dissemination for the health and well being of communities in Aotearoa, New Zealand

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 is a social enterprise that specialises in transformative research, evaluation, consultation, knowledge dissemination and program development to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our mission is to create solutions that enhance the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and society. We are backed by highly qualified and experienced researchers with both international and domestic experience. We lead with core values (relationships, respect, reciprocity, community and service) that shape our goals and vision which helps us create positive change.

Our Story: Na noda Vanua sa koto e matada
After many years abroad, the founders of Matada returned to New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Witnessing the severe disparities faced by the most marginalised communities—food insecurity, limited medical access, and digital inequity—they were inspired to take action. This led to the creation of Matada Research, a company dedicated to finding innovative solutions to these pressing issues. With a focus on creating a brighter future for the next generations, Matada strives to address the challenges faced by our most marginalised communities.
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Our Vision
At Matada, our vision is to create a better future for all in Aotearoa New Zealand. We strive to do this through research, consultation, program development and evaluation that informs policy and practice with the focus on providing innovative social services with evidence-based approaches. Our commitment to excellence in all areas of work ensures the best possible outcomes are achieved in order to positively impact individuals, families, communities and society. We value collaboration, innovation and data-driven decisions that help us achieve our vision.
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Our Values

Our Clients

Research
We understand that quality, timely and cost-effective research is essential for evidence-based policy, practice and guideline development. That’s why our team of experts utilise innovative methodologies and technologies to provide you with the most accurate data possible.Our research will help you make informed decisions that will have a positive impact on the Pacific community. With our help, you can improve the lives of Pacific peoples both locally and abroad.We offer a number of research-based services including: Mixed methods research Project management Qualitative and quantitative analysis Report writing Research dissemination
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Evaluation
Matada is a full-service research company that provides public program evaluation and impact assessment services.We specialise in helping organisations and nonprofits measure the effectiveness of their programs and understand their impact on the community. Our team has experience conducting rigorous evaluations using the latest research methods.We are passionate about helping our clients improve the lives of those they serve. Our goal is to provide you with accurate, reliable, and actionable information so you can make informed decisions about your programs.
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Consultation
We provide tailored research and engagement services to organisations wishing to understand and connect with Pacific populations.Our team of experts have over 15 years of combined experience working with Pacific peoples, giving us a unique understanding of the cultural nuances and social dynamics that drive how Pacific people interact with the world around them.We can help your organisation design and deliver successful projects that will provide you with actionable insights into how best to engage with Pacific communities.
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Program development
Marginalised populations have unique needs that are often not well understood by the general population.Matada conducts research to help identify and understand the needs of marginalised populations. We work with government departments, NGOs, and private sector organisations to develop programs that address these needs.With our deep understanding of the needs of marginalised populations, we are able to provide program development services that are tailored specifically for them. Our goal is to help these populations break out of the cycle of poverty and improve their quality of life.
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Research dissemination
We provide a cost-effective way to disseminate your research and ensure that your key messages are delivered in a sustainable manner over time.Our platform makes it easy for you to share your findings with the world and get the recognition you deserve. Plus, our team of experts can help you design an effective dissemination strategy that meets your specific needs.Our services include;Report design Info graphic design Digital marketing Traditional media marketing Email marketing
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Research
We understand that quality, timely and cost-effective research is essential for evidence-based policy, practice and guideline development. That’s why our team of experts utilise innovative methodologies and technologies to provide you with the most accurate data possible.Our research will help you make informed decisions that will have a positive impact on the Pacific community. With our help, you can improve the lives of Pacific peoples both locally and abroad.We offer a number of research-based services including: Mixed methods research Project management Qualitative and quantitative analysis Report writing Research dissemination
Discover more
Evaluation
Matada is a full-service research company that provides public program evaluation and impact assessment services.We specialise in helping organisations and nonprofits measure the effectiveness of their programs and understand their impact on the community. Our team has experience conducting rigorous evaluations using the latest research methods.We are passionate about helping our clients improve the lives of those they serve. Our goal is to provide you with accurate, reliable, and actionable information so you can make informed decisions about your programs.
Discover more
Consultation
We provide tailored research and engagement services to organisations wishing to understand and connect with Pacific populations.Our team of experts have over 15 years of combined experience working with Pacific peoples, giving us a unique understanding of the cultural nuances and social dynamics that drive how Pacific people interact with the world around them.We can help your organisation design and deliver successful projects that will provide you with actionable insights into how best to engage with Pacific communities.
Contact us
Program development
Marginalised populations have unique needs that are often not well understood by the general population.Matada conducts research to help identify and understand the needs of marginalised populations. We work with government departments, NGOs, and private sector organisations to develop programs that address these needs.With our deep understanding of the needs of marginalised populations, we are able to provide program development services that are tailored specifically for them. Our goal is to help these populations break out of the cycle of poverty and improve their quality of life.
Find out more
Research dissemination
We provide a cost-effective way to disseminate your research and ensure that your key messages are delivered in a sustainable manner over time.Our platform makes it easy for you to share your findings with the world and get the recognition you deserve. Plus, our team of experts can help you design an effective dissemination strategy that meets your specific needs.Our services include;Report design Info graphic design Digital marketing Traditional media marketing Email marketing
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Articles

3 innovative policy solutions to personal debt

This article discusses the pressing issue of debt in New Zealand, particularly among women, Māori/Pacific individuals, and young adults. With high-interest rates and unregulated “buy now pay later” schemes, borrowers can easily fall into a cycle of debt..

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Our Team

Gerald Naepi
Gerald NaepiDirector
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With his comprehensive experience in health and Pacific values, Gerald has committed to serving the wellbeing of those within Pacific communities. Holding a BSc and PGDipSci from University of Auckland, he is also certified as Physiotherapist. His family's background in healthcare and business provides him with invaluable insight on how best to encourage progress for better education, societal outcomes through improved public health initiatives. Working alongside international research projects that actively emphasize community input was another way he furthered these goals - offering accurate assessments between key figures involved due to his excellent relationship management skills.
Dr. Serana Naepi
Dr. Serana NaepiResearch Consultant
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Dr. Sereana Naepi is a highly qualified researcher with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from UoA and a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC. She has dedicated her work to improving Pacific student outcomes through research initiatives, particularly focusing on the equity of women's experiences with higher education globally. Dr. Naepi is a strong advocate for the involvement of Indigenous academics in universities, having spearheaded projects such as Knowledge Makers to create equitable roles for indigenous people. She has appeared on various media platforms advocating for greater tertiary education equity.
Nathan RewResearch Assistant
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Nathan Rew is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland, researching colonial and indigenous relationships to water. He has a unique background in both Papua New Guinean and Pakehā descent, combining critical theory with material sciences for an interdisciplinary approach. His work promotes indigenous sovereignty and self-determination in Aotearoa and across the Pacific, aiming to reinvigorate indigenous relationships to water and mitigate the consequences of colonisation, capitalism, and climate change. He has also contributed to the Human Rights Commission's 'Pacific Pay Gap Inquiry' and is assisting Dr Sereana Naepi in researching Pasifika students’ experiences at university.
Kate JackResearch Assistant
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Kate is a masters student at the University of Auckland researching neoliberalization and its impact on marginalized communities. They have a BA in Sociology and Development Studies and an BA (Hons First Class) from the University of Auckland, awarded in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Kate has expertise in queer theory and higher education studies, and employs a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to explore critiques on neoliberalism, while also innovating new approaches that prioritize community experiences.
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Matada is a full-service research company that provides public program evaluation, impact assessment and tailored research services with an emphasis on helping marginalised populations. Our team of experts have extensive experience conducting rigorous research and evaluations using the latest methods, as well as a deep understanding of the cultural nuances and social dynamics that drive how Pacific people interact with the world around them. We provide a range of services including project management, qualitative and quantitative analysis, report writing, research dissemination and advocacy to help organisations measure their effectiveness and create meaningful change in their communities.