ABSTRACT. In a new initiative, in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, a cohort of the oldest old indigenous Maori and non-Maori people have been encouraged to volunteer for a study of ageing. The objectives of the research entitled, Te Puawaitanga o nga tapuwae kia ora tonu, Life and Living in advanced age: A cohort study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ) can be stated as an investigation of successful factors and trends of advanced ageing [people 80 plus years old]. The longitudinal study is in the 5th year of operation and all the participants are now nonagenarians. The authors will draw on the baseline data to show the contribution by the indigenous Maori people to the production and exchange of knowledge and culture to redefine the shape of health and ageing research in the 21st century. LiLACS NZ has not taken place in a laboratory: the project is a partnership between the Maori and non-Maori investigators in the School and the Maori and non-Maori research partners in the Bay of Plenty region. The investigation is an example of preparing a research design and method to advance scientific knowledge of health and ageing; to advance Te reo Maori me nga tikanga [See glossary] in the production and exchange of matauranga Maori and health science, and to deepen and broaden the capacity of the gerontological research team, similar to learning that occurs in the classroom. pp. 61–73

Keywords: ageing research; indigenous research; gerontology

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