Dr Tawhanga Nopera

Tawhanga Nopera

Research Fellow - Te Ngira, Health Promotions Coordinator - Student Health Services

Qualifications: PhD with creative practices, MFA, Dip. Art and Design, Dip. Māori and Pacific Studies

Iwi: Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Wahiao, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Tarawhai, Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāti Amaru, Ngāi Tawake

About Tawhanga

Tāwhanga is an artist and academic who works as a Research Fellow on the WERO Project at Te Ngira, and as the Health Promotions Coordinator at Student Health. Tāwhanga intends for his research to help toward wellness pathways through kaupapa Māori knowledge and practices. Tāwhanga's research and art investigates marginality and is grounded by te pā harakeke, through raranga – a creative Māori approach toward socially accountable communities. Tāwhanga has a particular interest in ways that individuals are impacted upon by notions of power, and seeks out transformative pathways from traumatic experiences.

Recent Publications

  • Pihama, L., Green, A., Mika, C., Roskrudge, M., Simmonds, S., Nopera, T., . . . Laurence, R. (2020). Honour Project Aotearoa: Honor Project Aotearoa. Te Kotahi Research Centre. Retrieved from

  • Veale, J., Byrne, J., Tan, K., Guy, S., Yee, A., Nopera, T., & Bentham, R. (2019). Counting ourselves: The health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand: Counting Ourselves: The health and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hamilton, New Zealand: Transgender Health Research Lab. Open Access version:

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