Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Community Psychology Graduate Programme Convenor, Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BSocSc, MSocSc, PGDipPsych(Comm), PhD

Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau

School of Psychology


About Bridgette

My research speciality for the past 15+ years has been in the area of indigenous evaluation research. I have lead, been a team member, and/or supervised evaluations in the general area of indigenous social well-being. Project areas include: family violence; intimate partner relationships; women’s and children’s health; tobacco, alcohol, drug, use and reduction; positive learning environments (primary, secondary and tertiary institutions); cultural competency and evaluation training. Within the range of projects that I have been involved, I have worked with different types of agencies including: iwi and hapū, central and regional government, district health boards, private companies, and not-for-profit agencies.


Culture; Health; Maori; Maori Development and Education; Psychology

Evaluation of Māori service programmes that contribute to Māori health and development.

Research Interests

Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngāi te Rangi, Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau

Position: Senior Lecturer, co-Director Māori & Psychology Research Unit (MPRU), School of Psychology, University of Waikato

Bio: Dr Masters-Awatere is a Faculty member in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato. In addition to her role as Convenor of the Community Psychology postgraduate programme for registration as a psychologist, she is the Co-Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit situated within the School of Psychology Bridgette trained as a psychologist, with a special interest in community and indigenous wellbeing. Before joining the academy she managed a successful private practice that refined her evaluation research skills within Indigenous contexts. She teaches some of these skills to postgraduate students at Waikato. Bridgette is currently involved in leading three major health projects: ‘He Pikinga Waiora’ within the Healthier Lives challenge of the National Science Challenges , ‘Harti Hauora Tamariki’, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the ‘Hospital Transfers’ project of the Tertiary Education Commission Māori Centre of Excellence (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga) research programme

Featured Publications

Forthcoming Publications

Recent Publications

  • Masters-Awatere, B., & Graham, R. (2019). Whānau Māori explain how the Harti Hauora Tamariki tool assists better access to health services. Australian Journal of Primary Health.

  • Teng, A., Blakely, T., Scott, N., Jansen, R., Masters-Awatere, B., Krebs, J., & Oetzel, J. (2019). What protects against pre-diabetes progressing to diabetes? Observational study of integrated health and social data. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 148, 119-129. doi:10.1016/j.diabres.2018.12.003

  • Masters-Awatere, B., Cormack, D., Brown, R., Rata, A., Hunt, L., Boulton, A., & Rota, M. (2018). Hospital Transfers: Māori whānau engagement in the healing equation. In 8th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference (IIRC18). Conference held at Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Oetzel, J., Scott, N., Hudson, M., Masters-Awatere, B., Rarere, M., Foote, J., . . . Ehau, T. (2017). Implementation framework for chronic disease intervention effectiveness in Maori and other indigenous communities. Globalization and Health, 13(69), 1-13. doi:10.1186/s12992-017-0295-8 Open Access version:

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Room: K.1.22
Phone: +64 7 837 9228