Our researchers are at the heart of our success. Their work makes a positive impact on health outcomes in Hawke's Bay.

Researchers supported by the Health Research Foundation - Hawke's Bay have a wide variety of backgrounds. GPs, specialists, nurses, sports physicians, pharmacists: they all have their unique perspective on health - and on pressing health concerns. Whether your expertise is medical, physical, mental or other: if you think you could make a difference for the health of Hawke's Bay, we would love to hear from you.


Our partner-institutions in research:

Researcher spotlight: Levi Armstrong MHSc

Levi Armstrong (MHSc) has been building on better health for rangatahi (the young generation) for some time: with his mobile fitness pod The Domynis (a mobile gym), his inclusive fitness approach PATUTM - focussed on sustainable, healthy lifestyle interventions within local communities - and the related research that brings knowledge and actionable outcomes together.

'I saw a real need to make exercise, health and fitness accessible for all people, regardless of ethnicity and communities', says Levi.

The funding helped to further develop the Meke Meter: a subjective hauora (holistic health and wellbeing) self-assessment tool developed in consultation with Indigenous communities. As part of the research, participants were also asked about the usefulness of the Meke Meter and whether they intended to continue using it.

Levi showed how targeted research connected to a strategic action-plan can truly benefit the community.


Levi Armstrong and Pod