Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato, MNZPsS

Iwi: Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Mahanga


About Waikaremoana

As the Senior Research Fellow for the Māori Psychology Research Unit, Waikaremoana actively engages with Māori and non-Māori students, academic colleagues, community organisations, psychologists and community organisations to work on Māori focused research projects. Her research includes: Indigenous psychology, and Māori language revitalisation; Māori experiences of Bipolar Disorder and pathways to recovery; and kaupapa Māori strategies for whānau (family) wellbeing.

Waikaremoana has been a clinical psychologist since 2001 with work and research interests in Kaupapa Māori psychology, adult mental health, child and adolescent mental health, corrections, drug and alcohol, supervision, accreditation and curriculum development.  Waikaremoana is the co-convenor of NSCBI and the President-Elect of the New Zealand Psychological Society. She is also a member of the Film and Literature Classifications Review Board.

Research Interests

Indigenous Psychology

Maori experiences of Bipolar Affective Disorder

Experiences of mental health systems

Equity, human rights, indigenous rights

Martial arts and wellbeing

Language revitalisation

Maori and Indigenous worldviews: Shaping the practice of psychology

Cultural competency.

Recent Publications

  • Pihama, L., Simmonds, N., & Waitoki, W. (2019). Te Taonga o Taku Ngakau: Ancestral Knowledge and the Wellbeing of Tamariki Māori. Hamilton: Te Kotahi Research Insitute.

  • Waitoki, W. (2019). “This is not us”: But actually, it is. Talking about when to raise the issue of colonisation.. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 48(1), 140-145. Retrieved from

  • Scarf, D., Waitoki, W., Chan, J., Britt, E., Nikora, L., Neha, T., . . . Abbott, M. (2019). Holding a mirror to society? Sociodemographic diversity within clinical psychology training programmes across Aotearoa. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1495). Retrieved from

  • Waitoki, W., Dudgeon, P., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Indigenous psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia. In S. Fernando, & R. Moodley (Eds.), Global Psychologies Mental Health and the Global South (pp. 163-184). Palgrave Macmillan UK. doi:10.1057/978-1-349-95816-0_10

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