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.

Recent Publications

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Masters-Awatere, B., & Tassell-Matamua, N. (2017). Section 2: Native disruption: Maori and the precariat: Introduction. In S. Groot, C. van Ommen, B. Masters-Awatere, & N. Tassell-Matamua (Eds.), Precarity: Uncertain, Insecure and Unequal Times in Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 108-112). Massey University Press.

  • Masters-Awatere, B. (2017). Hospital transfers: Whānau involvement in the healing equation. In Nga Pae o te Maramatanga: Researcher Wananga. Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Papers Taught

Contact Details

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