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Keriata Paterson

Keriata Paterson

Doctor of Philosophy (Māori and Pacific Development)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Keriata is descended from Tainui Waka on her mother’s side: Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, and Ngāti Tamatera. Her father is of Scottish/Australian descent.

Most of Keriata’s academic training has been at Waikato University where she attained a BSocSci (1988); MSocSci (1992 with First Class Honours) and DipPsych (Clin) (1995).

She subsequently worked for Corrections Psychological Services in Hamilton and Taupo, then for seven years worked alongside the Māori Mental Health Team, Rotorua as well as part time Private Practice. Following this, she moved to Hauraki region where she began working for the Community Mental Health Service and Private Practice in Thames.

Keriata was granted a scholarship by her supervisors Professor Te Awekotuku and Associate Professor Nikora through Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga as part of the Tangihanga programme to conduct her PhD thesis. The working title is “I Muri i Te Arae: Ko Ngā Mōrehu Ka Toe: Healing Processes of Mourning in Tangihanga for Māori Women.”

The Research Aims for this study were to investigate all possible relevant aspects of grief, social structures and support, ritual, spiritual beliefs and practices, particularly as seen through the kōrero of those experiencing the grief. The focus is on all aspects of healing from grief, and conversely aspects of modern life or even tradition, which may hinder the healing process.


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