Māori & Psychology Research Unit

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Research Programmes

Haumaru Hauora (Associate Professor Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere)

Research Interest Areas

  • Kaupapa Māori Psychology
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Culture
  • Sustainability & Climate Change
  • Positive Māori Psychology
  • Indigenous Psychology
  • Māori Mental Health
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Māori Flourishing
  • Health Inequalities

Research in Progress

Project title: The expression, experience and transcendence of low-skill in Aotearoa New Zealand

Investigators: Prof Gail Pachero (AUT), Prof Stephen Reder (Portland State University), Dr Marco Paccagnella (OECD), Dr Bridgette Awatere-Masters (University of Waikato), Dr Bill Cochrane (University of Waikato), Dr Mohi Rua, Dr Betty Ofe-Grant (AUT), Dr Jane Furness (University of Waikato)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows: Dr Kabir Dasgupta, Dr Christopher Erwin, and Dr Alexander Plum

Funding: $4,350,807.00. Funding period: 5 years from MBIE Endeavour Fund.

Title: Haumanu Hauora: Strengthening health institution Maori responsiveness to climate change

Funding sought: Deep South National Science Challenge, $270,000

Duration: Two years: 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2022.

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Bridgette Masters-Awatere.

Associate Investigators: Dr Trish Young (Post Doc Fellow), Ranae Dixon (Research Associate), Areta Ranginui Charlton & Elisha Powell (Masters students).

Title: “Seeing” Kāpō Māori: Making visible the experiences of Kāpō Māori during and after COVID-19

Funding sought: Nga Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence


Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Bridgette Masters-Awatere.

Associate Investigators: Dr Rebekah Graham (Parents of Vision Impaired (NZ) Inc.), Chrissie Cowan (Kāpō Māori Aotearoa NZ Inc.)

Title: The WERO Project; Working to End Racial Oppression

Funding sought: 2020 Endeavour Fund - Research Programmes

5 years.

Principal Investigator: Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki, Prof Francis Collins & Dr Arama Rata

Associate Investigators: Dr Ottilie

See a full list of our Past Projects.