Dr Arama Rata

Research Officer

Qualifications: BSc(Hons), PhD Victoria

Iwi: Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, Ngāruahine


About Arama

Dr Rata is of Ngāti Maniapoto, Taranaki, and Ngāruahine descent.  She completed her PhD in Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012, which focused on Māori cultural engagement, identity, and psychological well-being in State secondary schools.  Arama then lectured at Te Kawa a Māui (the School of Māori Studies), where she received a Research Establishment Grant to study Māori collective remembering of the New Zealand Wars.  Dr Rata is currently involved with research relating to Māori health experiences, Māori in rural communities, as well as iwi consultancy.

Recent Publications

  • Kukutai, T., & Rata, A. (2017). From mainstream to manaaki: Indigenising our approach to immigration. In D. Hall (Ed.), Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century (pp. 26-44). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books.

  • Masters-Awatere, B., Boulton, A., Rata, A., Tangitu-Joseph, M. N., Brown, R., & Cormack, D. (2017). Behind the label: Complexities of identifying Māori whānau in an away from home hospital transfer. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 20-29. Retrieved from

  • Mercier, O. R., & Rata, A. (2017). Drawing the line with Google Earth: the place of digital mapping outside of geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 41(1), 75-93. doi:10.1080/03098265.2016.1260097

  • Masters-Awatere, B., Cormack, D., Brown, R., Boulton, A., Guifford, H., Rata, A., & Tangitu-Joseph, M. (2017). Hospital transfers: Maintaining whānau involvement in the healing equation. In He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference. Conference held at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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