The Māori & Psychology Research Unit (MPRU), established in 1997, is designed to provide a catalyst and support network for enhancing research which has at its centre the psychological needs, aspirations, and priorities of Māori people.

  • Fia Ola: Grief recovery following a tsunami disaster in Samoa

    Seiuli, Byron Malaela Sotiata; Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia; Hodgetts, Darrin (Cambridge Journals, 2016)
    Natural disasters provide humanity with a setting in which to examine core dimensions of life. How people respond to and make sense of their experiences due to the ruptures of trauma and devastation remains vital in grief ...
  • Counselling psychology from a samoan perspective

    Seiuli, Byron Malaela Sotiata (2013)
    Addressing the psychological health of Pasifika1 people in New Zealand continues to challenge clinicians and health professionals, particularly in the provision of therapeutic care that is both beneficial and culturally ...
  • A new beginning for indigenous wellbeing - Guest editorial

    Nikora, Linda Waimarie; LaBoucane-Benson, Patti; Bublitz, Barry; McClintock, Kahu (Te Rau Matatini, 2016)
    Three members of the editorial board of the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing – Te Mauri: Pimatisiwin and the Editor reflect on the genesis of the journal, comment on its journey over time, review its mission moving forward ...
  • He Paiaka Totara: Māori Psychologists Wānanga, report to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Rowe, Luke (2016)
    Sustainability for the growing number of Māori psychologists depends on a resilient system that reflects the centrality of Māori knowledge, tikanga, kawa and moemoea. Paiaka refers to whakapapa, identity, roots and ...
  • A formative evaluation of the Sistema Waikato programme: A technical report prepared for the Hamilton City Council and Sistema Waikato Steering Group

    Masters-Awatere, Bridgette; Brown, Juliana; Tangitu-Joseph, Makarita (Maori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato, 2016)
    Sistema Waikato launched at Nawton Primary School in July 2015 and involved children from four West Hamilton schools (Rhode St Primary, Nawton Primary, Crawshaw, and Forest Lake). The intention of using music as a tool for ...
  • Tangi and final responsibilities

    Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2016)
    Death is an ordinary everyday event in the Maori world. We have templated ways of responding to the disturbance it causes. This instructive and comforting institution helps us to hold each other close during such distressing ...
  • Māori & Psychology Research Unit Annual Report 2015

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (School of Psychology, University of Waikato, 2015)
    The Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) was established in August of 1997. The Unit acts as a catalyst and support network for enhancing research concerning the psychological needs, aspirations, and priorities of ...
  • Uputaua approach: researching Samoan communities.

    Seiuli, Byron Malaela Sotiata (Health Research Council New Zealand, 2013)
    The increasing needs of the Pasifika population in New Zealand, continues to provide researchers and health professionals with the challenge of developing culturally sensitive approaches, which can assess their health and ...
  • Māori Psychology Workforce & Māori-Focussed Course Content Review

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Levy, Michelle Patricia (Māori and Psychology Research Unit, 2015)
    The Ministry of Health (2014) acknowledges that inaccurate and unreliable workforce data collections have been an issue for some time. This is a particular issue for the psychology workforce, with there being no single ...
  • Putting it in there: "PSYC575 Indigenous Psychologies" as a for-credit university paper in New Zealand

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Masters-Awatere, Bridgette; Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Rua, Mohi; Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia (2015)
    Over the past 30 years, scholar advocates have sparked the emergence of indigenous psychology as an important contribution to understanding the experiences and challenges faced by indigenous peoples. Part of this exercise ...
  • Indigenous service programs plus indigenous evaluator equals Whitestream evaluation - What's wrong with this picture? (Reflections from my PhD)

    Masters-Awatere, Bridgette; Awatere, Shaun; Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Robertson, Neville (2015)
    For the past 100 or so years, formal evaluation has taken its lead from frameworks that originate from a culturally blind standpoint. Worldwide the major influence on evaluation practice comes from the United States of ...
  • Uputaua: A therapeutic approach to researching Samoan communities.

    Seiuli, Byron Malaela Sotiata (The Australian Psychological Society, 2012)
    The predicted future growth of the Pasifika population in New Zealand renders attention to the ongoing development of culturally sensitive approaches to health research, particularly those that are therapeutically anchored. ...
  • "That's the price we pay": Kaupapa Māori Programme stakeholder experiences of external evaluation

    Masters-Awatere, Bridgette (University of Waikato, 2015)
    This thesis takes a critical approach to the evaluation of Māori social and health service provision progammes through an in-depth exploration of the dynamics, impacts and politics of such exercises within Māori communities, ...
  • Leadership in motion

    Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2015)
    He honore, he kororia, maungarongo ki te whenua, whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa…pai marire. Paimarie kia ratou kua wheturangitia, ki te maunga tapu ki Taupiri, te okiokinga a to tatou Arikinui, Te Ataarangikaahu. Moe ...
  • Maori Flourishing in a Fast Changing World - Inaugural Professorial Address

    Nikora, Linda Waimarie (2015-11-17)
    A strong sense of who one is and that one’s life matters is vital to health and wellbeing. Without meaning and belonging many people, families and communities lie open to the risk of mental illness, addiction, transience, ...
  • Reconnecting whānau: Pathways to recovery for Māori with bipolar disorder

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Harris, Parewahaika Erenora Te Korowhiti; Levy, Michelle Patricia (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, 2015)
    While Māori are known to experience a higher burden of mental health and addiction problems compared to non-Māori (Baxter, 2008), little exploratory research has been conducted into Māori experiences of bipolar affective ...
  • Māori & Psychology Research Unit Annual Report 2014

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (University of Waikato, School of Psychology, 2014)
    Annual report of the Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) 2014. The unit was established in August of 1997. The unit is designed to provide a catalyst and support network for enhancing research concerning the psychological ...
  • Māori & Psychology Research Unit Annual Report 2013

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (University of Waikato, School of Psychology, 2013)
    Annual report of the Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) 2013. The unit was established in August of 1997. The unit is designed to provide a catalyst and support network for enhancing research concerning the psychological ...
  • Māori & Psychology Research Unit Annual Report 2012

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (University of Waikato, School of Psychology, 2012)
    Annual report of the Māori and Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) 2012. The unit was established in August of 1997. The unit is designed to provide a catalyst and support network for enhancing research concerning the psychological ...
  • An indigenous psychologies teaching and research hub : Enabling our resources, strengths and histories

    Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Waitoki, Waikaremoana (2014)
    This paper was presented as part of an informal indigenous psychologies dialogue session at the Australian Psychological Society's annual conference. In this paper, we present the concept of an indigenous psychologies ...

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