Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Qualifications: PhD, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato, MNZPsS

Iwi: Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Mahanga

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About Waikaremoana

Waikaremoana is a Senior Lecturer in Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies - with interests in mātauranga Māori, health/hauora and Māori wellbeing and the social determinants of health.

Waikaremoana also held a position as the Senior Research Fellow in the MPRU - Māori Psychology Research Unit with research includes: Indigenous psychology, mauri ora/wellbeing and Māori language revitalisation; health recovery; racism, and kaupapa Māori strategies for whānau (family) wellbeing.

Waikaremoana is a clinical psychologist with work and research interests in Kaupapa Māori psychology, adult mental health, child and adolescent mental health, supervision, accreditation and curriculum development.  Waikaremoana is the President of the New Zealand Psychological Society. They are also an advisory member of the Suicide Prevention Office, and a member of the Film and Literature Classifications Review Board.

Current research: The embrace of our ancestors. Recontextualising and reimagining mātauranga Māori as an Indigenous psychology'. Marsden Research Grant. (2019-2022) Lead investigator.

Rua Mātītī, Rua Mātātā. Where did all the pā sites come from? Marsden Research Grant. (2019-2022) co-investigator.

Raranga, raranga, taku takapau. Hapū-ora or tamariki. E Tipu, e Rea. A Better Start (National Science Challenge. (2020-2022) co-lead.

WERO - Working to End Racism and Oppression. Endevour Research Grant. Ministry for Business Innovation and Enterprise. (2020-2025) co-lead.


Maori Health; Psychology

Racism, Colonisation

Research Interests

Indigenous Psychology

Experiences of mental health systems

Equity, racism, human rights, indigenous rights

Martial arts and wellbeing

Language revitalisation

Maori and Indigenous worldviews: Shaping the practice of psychology

Cultural competency.

Recent Publications

  • McLachlan, A., Waitoki, W., Harris, P., & Jones, H. (2021). Whiti te rā: A guide to connecting Māori to traditional wellbeing pathways.. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 6(1), 78-97. Retrieved from

  • McLachlan, A. D., & Waitoki, W. (2020). Collective action by Māori in response to flooding in the southern Rangitīkei region. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. doi:10.1080/14635240.2020.1843188

  • 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.

  • Scarf, D., Waitoki, W., Chan, J., Britt, E., Nikora, L. W., Neha, T., . . . Abbott, M. (2019). Holding a mirror to society? Sociodemographic diversity within clinical psychology training programmes across aotearoa. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1495), 79-81. Open Access version:

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