Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Waikaremoana Waitoki

Senior Lecturer / Pūkenga Matua

Qualifications: PhD, PGDipPsych(Clin) Waikato, MNZPsS

Iwi: Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Mahanga

About Waikaremoana

Waikaremoana is a Senior Lecturer in Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies - with interests in mātauranga Māori, health/hauora and Māori wellbeing and the social determinants of health.

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. She is the President of the New Zealand Psychological Society, 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. Endeavor 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

  • Waitoki, W., & McLachlan, A. (2022). Indigenous Māori responses to COVID -19: He waka eke noa?. International Journal of Psychology. doi:10.1002/ijop.12849

  • Waitoki, W., Le Grice, J., Nairn, R., Black, R., & Pehi, P. (Eds.) (2021). Kua Tū, Kua Oho Bicultural Keynote Addresses to the New Zealand Psychological Society Rōpū Mātai Hinengaro o Aotearoa 2010–2017 (2 ed.). Wellington: New Zealand Psychological Society.

  • McLachlan, A., Waitoki, W., Harris, P., & Jones, H. (2021). Whiti te rā: A guide to connecting Māori to traditional wellbeing pathways.. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 6(1), 78-97. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • McDonald, M., Waitoki, W., & Rolleston, A. (2021). Whakapiki Wairua: Co-designing and implementing a Māori mindfulness mental health intervention in a Wharekura.. MAI Journal, 10(2), 71-83. Retrieved from Open Access version:

Find more research publications by Waikaremoana Waitoki


Maori Health; Psychology

Racism, Colonisation