Our research office supports people undertaking research at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, Te Tai Tokerau.
Our role is to facilitate research review and authorisation so that people conduct their research according to national standards and guidelines.
For general enquiries feel free to email us
Our staff administer the local authorisation of research to be conducted with our services.
We provide guidance to researchers and develop policies and processes based on the National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement .
The team can help provide guidance on the ethical review requirements for health research projects but does not grant ethical approval.
National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement.
Te Ara Tika Guidelines for Māori Research Ethics
The terms "locality approval" or "locality authorisation" refer to the process used by the NZ Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs) to ascertain that all local governance issues have been addressed at sites participating in a research project.
All health research to be undertaken at Te Whatu Ora - Te Tai Tokerau must have locality approval before the research is started. Applications should be submitted by the local study representative from our locality. Before submitting a Locality Approval application, researchers should consider undertaking:
Consult with the local Head of Department and Service Leaders to confirm that they support the proposed research being conducted within the relevant services and that they approve of the resource use and proposed budgets.
In the first instance, the HDEC publication Te Ara Tika provides excellent guidelines for approaching and planning research methodology. In addition local consultation is always advisable prior to submitting a Locality Approval application.
The level of ethics review depends on the type of project to be undertaken. There are a few options for ethics review including HDEC or through an academic institution. The HRCs website provides a good overview of ethics requirements in New Zealand.
How to apply for Locality Authorisation
To obtain Te Tai Tokerau Locality Approval, researchers should do the following:
Please be aware that research across Te Whatu Ora (national) is undergoing substantial review. We suggest that researchers check back to this webpage regularly where any updates or changes to process will be posted.