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NZSTA would like to recognise research in speech-language therapy celebrating mātauranga and kaupapa Māori.
Mātauranga Māori speaks to the combined knowledge systems developed by our ancestors who travelled across Te Moana Nui a Kiwa and Māori living within the environment of Aotearoa.

Kaupapa Māori research and evaluation is done by Māori, with Māori and for Māori. It is informed by tikanga Māori or Māori ways of doing things.

This award will recognise practice-based projects and formal research through a tertiary institution or wānanga.

Value: $1,000
Each nominee will receive a certificate recognising their commitment to rangahau.


Awarded in 2023 to: Megan Eustace

As an undergraduate, Megan Eustace took on a complex kaupapa Māori research project called "Aspirations for Speech-Language Therapy Services Provided to Māori Following Stroke".  Megan’s research identifies clinical implications for Māori and whānau through acknowledging what is currently working well and where we can better resource current services. 

Megan has been published in Aphasiology and her abstract and presentation won the Marion Saunders award which celebrates innovation in clinical practice and impact within Aotearoa at the NZSTA Symposium 2022. Megan is now doing a PhD exploring communication supports for people with mate wareware / dementia.

Application and Eligibility

Applicants will have completed research or a project in the last 12 months.
The research / practice-based project benefits Māori whānau, hapū and iwi.

Evidence will take the form of reference/nomination detailing how the individual has demonstrated rangahau.

Award Process:
The winner of the Tohu Rangahau Award will be determined by the Māori rōpū and will be announced at the annual professional development event (NZSTA conference or symposium).

Application Process:
Application via nomination emailed to culturaldevelopment@speechtherapy.org.nz

Application form

Nominees will be encouraged to share details of their project or research with the NZSTA membership as a published article in Communication Matters, the Speech, Language and Hearing Journal and/or as an NZSTA conference presentation.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with culturaldevelopment@speechtherapy.org.nz

Award Recipients from Previous Years

2022: Awarded to Ryan Meechan
2021: Awarded to Karen Brewer