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.

Collections in Māori & Psychology Research Unit

  • The baskets of knowledge: A curriculum for an indigenous psychology

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana (The New Zealand Psychological Society, 2016)
    Through the chapters in this book we have walked alongside Ripeka and her whānau. We have taken a journey into potentiality; that of Ripeka’s as well as our own. Our introduction to this book asked what would happen when ...
  • Informed consent in the Aotearoa New Zealand context

    Cargo, Tania; Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Feather, Jacqueline (The New Zealand Psychological Society, 2016)
    Psychologists are in very privileged positions; we use our clinical, community, academic, and research skills to support individuals, families, and communities, often during extremely vulnerable times in their lives. ...
  • Ka awatea

    Levy, Michelle Patricia; Waitoki, Waikaremoana (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2016)
    This book realises a long held vision to boldly claim our space in psychology: showing how we as Māori practitioners, researchers, and teachers of psychology realise our belief in the potential of psychology to contribute ...
  • The use of Māori words in National Science Challenge online discourse

    Calude, Andreea S.; Stevenson, Louise; Whaanga, Hēmi; Keegan, Te Taka Adrian Gregory (2018)
    This paper presents data relating to the use of Maori borrowings as they occur in a corpus of scientific discourse on the websites of the eleven National Science Challenges (NSCs) and their associated Twitter feeds.
  • Whānau Māori explain how the Harti Hauora Tamariki tool assists better access to health services

    Masters-Awatere, Bridgette; Graham, Rebekah (2019)
    In this paper whānau Māori highlight how a Kaupapa Māori centred intervention (the Harti Hauora Tamariki tool) has improved interactions with health services. The Harti tool is undergoing a Randomised Control Trial at ...
  • Behind the label: Complexities of identifying Māori whānau in an away from home hospital transfer

    Masters-Awatere, Bridgette; Boulton, Amohia; Rata, Arama; Tangitu-Joseph, Makarita; Brown, Rachel; Cormack, Donna (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2017)
    This paper highlights two methodological issues that arose for a group of Māori researchers during the first few months of a Māori CoRE funded project. The issues were in relation to defining 1) the evolving construction ...
  • “This is not us”: But actually, it is. Talking about when to raise the issue of colonisation.

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2019)
    This paper is a commentary on some of the responses to the public narrative of the events after the March 15th Christchurch attack. Several colleagues had publicly and privately, offered their views on the Government’s and ...
  • Māori men: An indigenous psychological perspective on the interconnected self

    Rua, Mohi; Hodgetts, Darrin; Stolte, Ottilie Emma Elisabeth (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2017)
    The positive relational practices of Māori men are seldom explored in academic research. Responding to this gap in the literature, this article explores how Māori men negotiate a positive sense of self and relationships. ...
  • Psychological practice, social determinants of health and the promotion of human flourishing

    Hodgetts, Darrin; Stolte, Ottilie Emma Elisabeth; Rua, Mohi (The New Zealand Psychological Society, 2016)
    Health inequalities are a persistent feature of our societal landscape. Health inequalities reflect how differences 10 health outcomes across groups in society are not reducible solely to unhealthy lifestyle choices, ...
  • Non-suicidal self-injury in a New Zealand student population: Demographic and self-harm characteristics

    Fitzgerald, John; Curtis, Cate (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2017)
    There is an established international literature on the prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). However, New Zealand information regarding prevalence, attitudes, motivation, co-morbidities, etc., is limited. In this ...
  • Non-suicidal self-injury: Suicide risk or social activity?

    Curtis, Cate (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2017)
    Deliberate self-harm (DSH) has been conceptualised as indicative of mental illness, on a continuum ending with suicide. Recently our understanding of DSH has become more nuanced, with distinctions made between suicidal ...
  • Work limitations 4 years after mild traumatic brain injury: A cohort study

    Theadom, Alice; Barker-Collo, Suzanne; Jones, Kelly; Kahan, Michael; Ao, Braden Te; McPherson, Kathryn; Starkey, Nicola J.; Feigin, Valery (Elsevier, 2017)
    Objective To explore employment status, work limitations, and productivity loss after mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Design Inception cohort study over 4 years. Setting General community. Participants Adults ...
  • Pani me te rawakore: Home-making and Maori homelessness without hope or a home

    Groot, Shiloh Ann Maree; Hodgetts, Darrin; Nikora, Linda Waimarie; Rua, Mohi; Groot, Damin (Huia Publishers, 2015)
    The authors draw from interviews with Maori homeless people and relevant local and international literature to show homemaking practices by Maori for those living on the streets. The proposition is that Maori cultural ...
  • A proposed hauora Māori clinical guide for psychologists: Using the hui process and meihana model in clinical assessment and formulation

    Pitama, Suzanne G.; Bennett, Simon T.; Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Haitana, Tracy N.; Valentine, Hukarere; Pahiina, John; Taylor, Joanne E.; Tassell-Matamua, Natasha; Rowe, Luke; Beckert, Lutz; Palmer, Suetonia C.; Huria, Tania M.; Lacey, Cameron J.; McLachlan, Andre (New Zealand Psychological Society, 2017)
    This paper documents a joint initiative of clinical practice educators from four tertiary institutions and their engagement in the design and development of a proposed Hauora Māori Clinical Guide for Psychologists, which ...
  • Indigenous psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia

    Waitoki, Waikaremoana; Dudgeon, Pat; Nikora, Linda Waimarie (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2018)
    In Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia, the development of Indigenous psychology is a response to the resilience of a colonised people, where the gaze of Western imperialism is ever present. The use of esoteric, ceremonial, ...
  • Older men gardening on the marae: Everyday practices for being Māori

    King, Pita; Hodgetts, Darrin; Rua, Mohi; Te Whetu, Tiniwai (2015)
    Like indigenous peoples globally, Māori are over- represented among the homeless population due to processes of colonialism, disruptions and continued socio- economic marginalization. This article explores how, through ...
  • Māori men, relationships, and everyday practices: towards broadening domestic violence research

    King, Pita; Robertson, Neville (2017)
    Relationships are central to the health and wellbeing of Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand). Through processes of colonisation, cultural ways of relatedness embedded within Māori social structures experienced disruption ...
  • Men's re-placement: Social practices in a Men's Shed

    Anstiss, David; Hodgetts, Darrin; Stolte, Ottilie Emma Elisabeth (Elsevier, 2018)
    Transitions into retirement can be difficult at the best of times. Many men find themselves having to reflect on who they are and what their lives are about. Their access to social supports and material resources are often ...
  • How Māori precariate families navigate social services

    King, Delta; Rua, Mohi; Hodgetts, Darrin (Massey University Press, 2017)
    We are living in a period in which the increasingly precarious nature of employment and welfare support systems has dramatically amplified the hardships faced by many people.¹ Correspondingly, much still needs to be written ...
  • Dual-heritage households: Food, culture, and re-membering in Hamilton, New Zealand

    Graham, Rebekah; Hodgetts, Darrin; Stolte, Ottilie Emma Elisabeth (De Gruyter Open, 2016)
    Food is deeply connected to processes of re-membering, identity construction, the texturing of shared spaces, and social relationships. This case-comparative research focusses on how everyday food-related practices (sourcing, ...

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