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National Maori and Pacific psychologies symposium: Claiming spaces

In 2002 the Maori and Psychology Research Unit made a valuable contribution to the teaching and practice of psychology in Aotearoa via the two day Maori Graduates of Psychology Symposium: Making a Difference. Mid-way through 2006, our collective memories of the hard work in 2002 diminished, so much so that we once again considered hosting a similar event. Building on the foundations laid in 2002, the theme of the 2007 symposium was "Claiming Spaces", with our focus expanding to include peoples of the Pacific. This theme reflected that the time had come for Maori and Pacific Psychologies to move from the margins and claim legitimate space within psychology. It recognized that here in Aotearoa we have the potential to be pioneers in the development of psychologies relevant and applicable to Maori and Pacific peoples, and to better understand what science, culture and practice means when indigenous and cultural world views are prioritised. It was an inclusive theme, with the programme comprising presentations led by Maori and Pacific psychologists, graduates of psychology and psychology students. These presentations reflected on and made connections to the theme of "Claiming Spaces".
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Levy, M., Nikora, L. W., Waitoki, M., Rua, M., & Masters-Awatere, B. (2008). 2007 National Maori and Pacific psychologies symposium: Claiming spaces. The Bulletin, 110 (May), 8-12.
Maori and Psychology Research Unit, University of Waikato
This article has been published in The Bulletin of the New Zealand Psychological Society. Used with permission.