Masters Theses

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The Masters Theses collection contains digital copies of AUT University masters theses deposited with the Library since 2002 and made available open access. From 2007 onwards, all theses for masters degrees awarded are required to be deposited in Tuwhera Open Theses & Dissertations unless subject to an embargo.

For theses submitted prior to 2007, open access was not mandatory, so only those theses for which the author has given consent are available in Tuwhera Open Theses & Dissertations. Where consent for open access has not been provided, the thesis is usually recorded in the AUT Library catalogue where the full text, if available, may be accessed with an AUT password. Other people should request an Interlibrary Loan through their library.

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    The Mother Hood
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) De Carvalho, Vanessa
    There are two elements to this Master of Creative Writing thesis. The first is the creative aspect titled The Mother Hood, and the second is the exegesis that accompanies it, titled “Truths of the Mother Hood”. The Mother Hood is a literary fiction novel set in an upper-middle-class Tauranga suburb in modern-day Aotearoa. It follows three friends on different parts of their motherhood journey. We meet Violet at the end of her pregnancy and into the first year of motherhood during which she gets diagnosed with postnatal depression. Lena is a stay-at-home mother of one who longs for more children. Saffi tries to balance work, family, and her relationship all while feeling that the distance between her and her husband Mitch can no longer be bridged. It follows the three women as they experience the banality of motherhood in the day-to-day and try to overcome the additional emotional challenges of their lives. “Truths of the Mother Hood” is the theoretical component of my work. I cover why I felt the need to write The Mother Hood after being unable to find depictions of modern-day motherhood I could relate to in literary fiction. I share the research that has gone into covering topics such as pregnancy, childbirth, postnatal depression, infertility, miscarriage, balance, and matrescence. It also explains why I have chosen to include Covid-19 in the novel without making it a central focus of the plot.
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    The Perceptions of Non-te Reo Māori Speakers on Language Use in English-Speaking News Media
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2024) Whitley, Celia
    This research captures the attitudes and perceptions of non-te reo Māori speakers on the usage of te reo Māori in mainstream English-speaking news media in New Zealand. The mixed-methods study uses a survey for the quantitative data collection and eight semi-structured interviews for the qualitative data collection. Data is analysed via statistical visualisation and thematic analysis. Results reflect the power mainstream English-speaking news media has by including te reo Māori in their reporting. Although the research project found contradictory perceptions, it was discovered that the inclusion of te reo Māori alleviated resistance and reduced feelings of exclusion. In addition, the usage of te reo Māori in mainstream English-speaking news media can be seen as a language learning tool.
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    Everybody Has a Job to Do: How Collective Values and Clear Communication Helped Eliminate COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Halliday, Matt
    In the second half of 2020, the population of Aotearoa New Zealand was enjoying life in parks, bars and sports games while much of the rest of the world faced a Christmas in lockdown. This was due to the collective effort of the entire population earlier in the year. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Aotearoa New Zealand eliminated Covid-19 from the community. Twice. This thesis comprises three studies that examine different elements of the communications campaign that mobilised a nation to look after each other. It shows how collective values, clear communication and a sense of purpose combined to bring Aotearoa New Zealand through the first wave of Covid-19 relatively unscathed.
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    A Thematic Exploration of the Lived Experience of Sex Workers Who Are Censored Online
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2023) Versey, Georgia
    This academic enquiry explores the lived experiences of five sex workers who have encountered censorship on Instagram. It traverses feminist discourse and explores the unbridled capabilities of social media platforms as a contemporary beacon for information sharing. A qualitative research design and method was utilised to collect the data, which allowed for an in-depth insight into the varying degrees of censorship the participants experienced and how it affected their lives. Unanimously, the participants described experiencing biased censorship due to being a sex worker and reported intensified and increased censorship if they embodied other characteristics such as being, bigger-bodied, a person of colour, or a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Each participant marked this biased censorship with negative mental health effects, a loss of income, and a loss of their sense of identity and community. However, the data showed that while they faced adversity when using Instagram, they were able to deploy tools and tactics to combat censorship practices and found agency and empowerment in doing so. Participants also expressed critical engagement and understanding of the broader framework which grounds censorship as a site of further stigmatisation and how it can be combatted with education and more open conversation. These findings open up the discussion to a broader commentary on the infiltration of offline societal prejudices into the online space and an examination of social media platforms as sites of abuse of power in contemporary online life that remain largely unregulated.
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    Tāngata Māori Perspectives on Wellness When Resettling in the Community
    (Auckland University of Technology, 2024) Hana-Wheeler, Hope
    The research inquiry into Tāngata Māori Perspectives on Wellness when Resettling in the Community examines the conceptualisation of wellness and tautoko (support) from the viewpoint of Māori people who have been released from prison. Specifically, tāngata Māori experiences of moving from prison to the community, and the ways in which wellness plays a significant role in successful resettlement, have been analysed within a kaupapa Māori framework. Based on in-depth interviews with five Māori adult participants who identify as men, women, and non-binary, the research finds out the kinds of tautoko that helped them maintain a sense of personal wellness, and in the process, minimised the risk that they might reoffend and re-enter the justice and prison system. Wellness and tautoko are interpreted in this study as concepts and practices contextualised by the post-prison experiences of Māori people. They are therefore terms that can take on Māori cultural values and differ somewhat from English language meanings. In a Māori cultural context, tautoko when applied to supporting the resettlement process of Māori people indicates a number of sentiments and actions: such as showing care or advocating for tāngata Māori; propping them up by exchanging cultural wisdom and stories to give them strength to carry on their journey; or simply by showing social acceptance and affirming Māori people for who they are. A synthesis of kaupapa Māori and qualitative research approaches has been used to undertake the collection of data and analyse the research findings. Moreover, Mason Durie’s te whare tapa whā model of hauora in a Māori cultural context was employed to explain the multiple ways in which Māori participants made sense of their personal experiences of wellness and tautoko in relation to successfully resettling in the community. In all, this thesis makes a case for culture-informed research into the lived experiences of Māori ex-prisoners where the participants’ voices are positioned at the heart of the study.
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