Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Waikaremoana Waitoki

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato, MNZPsS

Iwi: Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Mahanga

About Waikaremoana

As a Senior Research Fellow in the Māori Psychology Research Unit their 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.

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

  • 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., Neha, T., . . . Abbott, M. (2019). Holding a mirror to society? Sociodemographic diversity within clinical psychology training programmes across Aotearoa. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1495). Retrieved from

  • Waitoki, W. (2019). “This is not us”: But actually, it is. Talking about when to raise the issue of colonisation.. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 48(1), 140-145. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • Waitoki, W., Dudgeon, P., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Indigenous psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia. In S. Fernando, & R. Moodley (Eds.), Global Psychologies Mental Health and the Global South (pp. 163-184). Palgrave Macmillan UK. doi:10.1057/978-1-349-95816-0_10

Find more research publications by Waikaremoana Waitoki


Maori Health; Psychology

Racism, Colonisation