Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora PhD

Director, Maori & Psychology Research Unit

Qualifications: MSocSc (Hons), DPhil Waikato

Iwi: Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Ngai Tuhoe

School of Psychology


About Linda Waimarie

Professor in Kaupapa Māori Psychology and Director of the Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU).

My areas of interest are community, social and indigenous psychologies, with a specific interest in Māori people and how psychology may assist in our self-determination.


Maori Development; Maori Health; Maori Identity; Maori Research; Poverty; Psychology

Māori & Psychology Research Unit, Indigenous Psychology

Research Interests

Psychological areas that focus on or involve Māori people. Specific interests are in the field of Māori development and how psychology can make a positive contribution to this direction.

Projects over the last 3 years include, Tangi : Māori ways of mourning, traditional body modification; ethnic status as a stressor; Māori identity development; cultural safety and competence; Māori mental health and recovery; social and economic determinants of health; homelessness; relational health; and social connectedness.

Recent Publications

  • Waitoki, W. W., & Nikora, L. W. (2017). Challenges and continuities: Unintended impacts of Te Reo Māori language revitalisation efforts. In Nga Pae o te Maramatanga: Researcher Wananga. Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Masters, B. A., Nikora, L., Waitoki, W., Valentine, H., MacFarlane, S., & Gibson, K. (2016). Our response to the question of indigenous elders: How does your training prepare psychologists to work with indigenous people?. In International Journal of Psychology: Special Issue: 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP2016) Vol. 51. Conference held at Yokohama, Japan.

  • Nikora, L. W., Masters-Awatere, B., Waitoki, W., & Rua, M. (2016). Indigenous psychologies, fourth world peoples and the international literature: Finding ourselves in online abstracting and indexing databases. The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 16(3), 214-222. Open Access version: hdl:10289/10693

  • Nikora, L. W., LaBoucane-Benson, P., Bublitz, B., & McClintock, K. (2016). A new beginning for indigenous wellbeing - Guest editorial. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 1(1), 1-4. Open Access version: hdl:10289/10610

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Papers Taught


I am currently  interested in supervising students who have an interest in Death Studies and Māori ways of mourning, as well as research projects associated with the work of the Māori and Psychology Research Unit.

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