Māori & Psychology Research Unit
Director: Associate Professor Bridgette Masters-Awatere
The Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU), established in 1997, provides critical research that centers the priorities of Māori communities. By establishing working relationships with staff and students of the School of Psychology and the University of Waikato, the MPRU draws together skilled, and experienced, interdisciplinary research groups to deliver high quality research.
The MPRU also provides invaluable, practical experience to Māori and non-Māori students through research opportunities, quality dissemination, and professional development activities. The MPRU, through winning grants and awards, provides scholarships for students thereby facilitating their academic development and their pursuit of excellent research collaborations.
The MPRU also provides an advisory service anchored in the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and Kaupapa Maori principles. We also provide a networking function with other Māori researchers and Centers in New Zealand/Aotearoa.