MPRU Staff & Associates


Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere

BSocSc, MSocSc, PGDipPsych(Comm), PhD

Community Psychology Graduate Programme Convenor, Senior Lecturer

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

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Contact Details

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


Dr Mohi Rua

PhD (Psychology); PGDipPsyc (Comm); MSocSc

Senior Lecturer; Community, Maori, Indigenous & Social Psychology

Mohi Rua is the Co-Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit and a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato. He is also the co-leader of the Mauri Ora research theme at NPM.Mohi has an active research interest in the critique of Māori cultural patterns and behaviours as a vehicle to understanding Māori health and wellbeing through the discipline of psychology. This includes using customary Māori practices to inform mainstream psychological training and theory. His PhD considered the way Māori men constructively participate, engage and contribute positively to their whānau and communities and he was Co-Principal Investigator on the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga project, Aue Ha! Māori men’s relational health.Mohi was one of the researchers for the acclaimed book Mau Moko: The World of Māori Tattoo.

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Contact Details

Room: K1.01
Phone: 9213


Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

PhD, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato, MNZPsS

Senior Research Fellow

As the Research Officer 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 focussed research projects. Her post-doctoral research seeks to identify Māori experiences of Bipolar Disorder and pathways to recovery. She supervises Masters’ students, supports undergraduate students throughout the department and contributes to teaching.

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The MPRU Principal Investigators and Research Associates are staff from within the School of Psychology, the University of Waikato, and the wider academic community who have acted as key researchers on MPRU research projects; or provide ongoing consultancy services to the MPRU and students.

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