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Associate Professor Leonie Pihama

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Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is a mother of six and a grandmother of four. Leonie is an Associate Professor and the Director of Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, and Director of Māori and Indigenous Analysis Ltd, a Kaupapa Māori research company. She has worked as a senior lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland teaching in the fields of policy analysis, Māori women’s issues, and the politics of representation of indigenous peoples. She has served on Māori Television’s establishment board and worked in film and media production, and in late 2013, she was appointed as a Director on the Te Māngai Paho Board. She has completed a Fulbright Scholarship with the University of Washington, and has extensive expertise connecting her to a wide-range of communities and iwi, which enables her to relate to people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Leonie is currently the Principal Investigator on three Health Research Council projects, ‘He Oranga Ngākau: Māori Approaches to Trauma Informed Care’, ‘Honour Project Aotearoa’, and ‘He Ngākau Māori: Investigating Māori Cultural Constructions of Emotions’.

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Associate Professor Leonie Pihama is a mother of six and a grandmother of four. Leonie is an Associate Professor ... more

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith

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Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development at the University of Waikato.  She held the position of Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development for several years.  Dr Smith is a Professor in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.  Dr Smith is a Fellow of the American Association for Research in Education. She serves on a number of New Zealand’s research organisations and funding bodies. Dr Smith was awarded a New Zealand Honour in 2012 and a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

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Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development at the University of Waikato. She held the position ... more

Herearoha Skipper

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Herearoha Skipper has been involved in the Māori Education sector for over twenty years and specialises in business strategy, leadership transformation and growth, governance, sustainability and ethics, creativity, enterprise and innovation, project and event management, value creation and execution, and policy development. Herearoha has completed a major research project titled, ‘Resilience of Māori Women in Leadership’, identifying how Māori women in leadership become resilient in the face of adversity specifically within a corporate context.

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Herearoha Skipper has been involved in the Māori Education sector for over twenty years and specialises in business strategy, ... more

Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan

An artist, poet, and a visionary. She is a Board Member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is a Representative for the Nucl ear Free and Independent Pacific movement. Hinewirangi teaches in New Zealand and abroad, conducting workshops on all aspects of Māori philosophies of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Her areas of expertise include traditional Māori parenting and healing; Māori flute-making; and indigenous poetry and drama.

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An artist, poet, and a visionary. She is a Board Member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is ... more

Advisory Committee

Wiremu Nia Nia

Wiremu NiaNia was apprenticed as a child to a spiritual healer of the NiaNia whanau. In 2005 he became the cultural therapist at Te Whare Marie, the Maori mental health service at Capital Coast District Health Board. He is now an independent healer, writer and consultant.

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Wiremu NiaNia was apprenticed as a child to a spiritual healer of the NiaNia whanau. In 2005 he became ... more

Dr Cherryl Smith

Cherryl Smith has over 20 years experience working in the area of Kaupapa Māori research across the environment, health and education sectors. Graduated from the University of Auckland with a PhD in Education. Cherryl leads the Health Research Council funded programme of research “He Kokonga Whare: Māori Intergenerational Trauma and Healing - A study of the ways that historical trauma has impacted on Māori and the ways that Māori view health and wellbeing generationally”.

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Cherryl Smith has over 20 years experience working in the area of Kaupapa Māori research across the environment, health ... more

Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

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.

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.  She is on the Reconciliation Action Plan working party with members of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association and the Australian Psychological Society.  Waikaremoana is the co-convenor of NSCBI and the Bicultural Director on the New Zealand Psychological Society Executive.  Waikaremoana was the deputy chair of the New Zealand Psychologist's Board, and board member from 2002-2009.

Waikaremoana previously taught Bicultural Issues in the clinical programme, Abnormal Psychology as a graduate course and contributed toGeneral and Experimental Psychology, Research MethodsandPsychological Applications of the Treaty of Waitangi

. Her PhD research used a task analysis to identify training content to develop a cultural competency training programme for psychology students to prepare them to work with Māori.

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As the Research Officer for the Māori Psychology Research Unit, Waikaremoana actively engages with Māori and non-Māori students, academic ... more

Dr Nalani Wilson-Hokowhitu

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Dr. Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu joined Te Kotahi Research Institute in August of 2016 as a Research Fellow. Nālani previously conducted a Post Doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and completed her doctorate at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has worked in the sector of Indigenous Studies for the past twenty years since 1996 upon which time she petitioned for an independent major at the University of Wisconsin, Madison focusing on Indigenous Cultures in Contemporary Society. Nālani went on to conduct a Master of Arts degree in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, which brought her to Aotearoa in 2003. After completing her Masters thesis, Nā Wāhine Piko o Moloka’i: Pacific Womens’ Connections to Place, Nālani returned to Aotearoa to complete her doctorate, Nā Mo’okū’auhau Holowa’a: Native Hawaiian Women’s Stories of the Voyaging Canoe Hōkūle’a. As a global citizen and a diasporic woman of Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) ancestry, Nālani’s work is simultaneously devoted to raising global awareness about critical, innovative and transformative Indigenous futurities and the growing voices of Kānaka ‘Ōiwi working in academia to aloha ‘āina and mālama Honua, to protect and care for our islands and Earth.

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Dr. Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu joined Te Kotahi Research Institute in August of 2016 as a Research Fellow. Nālani previously conducted ... more

Community Providers

Tania Mataki

Tania grew up in Otautahi (Christchurch), she has been married to Daniel Mataki for 40 years and has five adult children and 7 mokopuna.  Tania is the third eldest of five sisters and one brother. Whānau ora concept’s is key to her whānau wellbeing in every aspect of their lives.

Te Puna Oranga   (Ko Ngā Whānau Ngā Puna Oranga)

Te Puna Oranga is a Kaupapa Māori service for 33 years.  Te Puna Oranga was established in 1984 to work mainly with wāhine, tamariki and their whānau in the area of sexual abuse healing.  Over the past 33 years the core values have stayed the same, these values are based on Tikanga Māori values and beliefs.  As a service they have evolved and work with the whole whānau, mokopuna, matua , kaumātua , whānau, hapū, and iwi, covering all issues that whānau want support and advocacy, such as sexual abuse prevention and intervention, care and protection, parenting, sexual abuse healing, and supporting whānau to find their own solution’s.

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Tania grew up in Otautahi (Christchurch), she has been married to Daniel Mataki for 40 years and has five ... more

Rihi Te Hana

Rihi Te Nana is a Senior consultant with Kakariki Ltd and provides services in the area of Social work practice,  Māori and Indigenous Social service provision, Counselling and Wellbeing training, professional supervision and research. She worked for over ten years as the Māori Development Leader for Relationships Aotearoa. She is an experienced therapist who has been working alongside Māori whānau, hapū, and iwi to develop and strengthen tikanga practises of health and well-being. Rihi is a passionate advocate of whānau self-determination and is clear that her contribution to whānau is directed by their dreams and aspirations.Rihi has been a part of key research related to areas such as Whakapakari Whānau as a sustainable healing and well-being practice; Māori Traditional Childrearing Practices and investigating the impact of Historial Trauma on whānau. Rihi is a part of the ‘He Kokonga Whare’ research programme looking at the impact of sexual violence on Māori through a Kaupapa Māori and historical trauma lens.

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Rihi Te Nana is a Senior consultant with Kakariki Ltd and provides services in the area of Social work ... more

Ngaropi Cameron

Ngaropi has worked in the social service area in a variety of environs for over 25 years. Throughout this time she has been involved in numerous local and national community development projects implementing a variety of kaupapa Māori services, trainings and resources. She is the foundation member, Chief Executive and Senior Domestic Violence Programme Facilitator and Educator of Tū Tama Wāhine O Taranaki, and Taranaki executive member rep on Te Kāhui Rongoa Trust. She is a former member of the Ministry of Justice Domestic Violence Programme Approvals Panel 2002 – 2005 and co-opted member 2008 – 2011, former executive board member and deputy chair of Jigsaw and a former member of the Māori Reference Group to the National Taskforce on Family Violence.

Tū Tama Wāhine

Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki is a kaupapa Māori common good organisation with over 25 years of experience in delivering health and social services successfully across the Taranaki region. The origins of our organisation, however, date back to 1881 and the plunder of Parihaka where clear instructions were given to the remaining women to continue on with the work of their tupuna and take on the roles and responsibilities of the whānau in upholding tikanga Māori, and maintaining the care and wellbeing of whānau.  “E tū tama wāhine i te wā o te kore.” — Te Whiti o Rongomai (1881).

http://www.tutamawahine.org.nz

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Ngaropi has worked in the social service area in a variety of environs for over 25 years. Throughout this ... more

International Advisor

Associate Professor Tessa Evans-Campbell

Associate Professor Tessa Evans-Campbell is the director of the School’s MSW program. She completed her BA in art history at the University of Washington and her MSW at the University of California Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on historical trauma, resistance and healing; cultural buffers of trauma; substance use and mental health; and indigenous family wellness.

Dr. Evans-Campbell began her social work career more than 15 years ago as a children’s social worker in Los Angeles County. She has extensive practice experience in Indian child welfare, adoptions, and community advocacy/organizing with American Indian communities. She served as a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Native American Indian Commission and was the American Indian community representative to the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council. Her research interests stem from her practice and personal experiences as a Washington state tribal member. She now has the unique opportunity to blend her passion for clinical social work practice in health, with research.

Dr. Evans-Campbell is also the associate director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She belongs to the Society for Social Work and Research, the National Associate of Social Workers, and the Council for Social Work Education. She sits on the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee and serves on a number of boards and committees related to Native American family wellness.

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Associate Professor Tessa Evans-Campbell is the director of the School’s MSW program. She completed her BA in art history ... more

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