Professor Brendan Hokowhitu is Ngāti Pukenga, and Dean of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao, The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. Professor Hokowhitu has a number of research interests including critical Indigenous theory, Indigenous masculinities, critical Indigenous sports studies, Indigenous media, and Indigenous health, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in these areas. He is also the lead editor in two edited collections, Fourth Eye: Māori Media in Aotearoa/New Zealand (2013, UMinnesota Press) and Indigenous Identity and Resistance: Researching the Diversity of Knowledge (2010, UOtago Press). Professor Hokowhitu is also Principal Investigator for the Ageing Well National Science Challenge funded project, Kaumātua Mana Motuhake.
Barry J. Bublitz (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki, Ngati Kohua, Tangahoe Taranaki ki Tonga)
Service development translating ‘aspirational thinking and being’ to achieve positive outcomes for those seeking meaningful lifestyle changes is a driving force in Barry’s career in Addiction, Māori Mental Health and Primary Health Care services. He was Director of the Kahunui Trust, offering a rural therapeutic community for youth, and a leader for the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities. Barry managed the Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Strategy for Counties Manukau (CMDHB). Barry is a member of the CMDHB Māori Research Review Committee and Whānau Ora Development Manager with Turuki Health Primary Care Services, leading a motivated team trained in assisting Whānau (families) to achieve what they have determined as their priorities. Barry was a founding trustee of Te Rau Matatini in 2002, and sits on the Board of Directors. Since 2006 Barry has served as the Aotearoa New Zealand representative on the International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide.
Professor Denise Wilson is of Ngāti Tahinga (Tainui) descent. She is Professor of Māori Health and the Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT University. Her research and publication activities are focused on Māori/indigenous health, family violence, cultural safety, and health (particularly Māori) workforce development. Denise has been involved in family violence research, and at a national level in the development of the Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme. She is currently a member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s Family Violence Death Review Committee and Roopū Māori. She is a co-author of The People’s Report for the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence. She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) and Te Mata o te Tau (Academy of Māori Research & Scholarship), the Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Nurse, and has been appointed to the Health Research Council’s College of Experts.
Dr Patti LaBoucane-Benson has a PhD in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family and Community Resilience. She was the recipient of the two top social sciences doctoral awards: The prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau scholarship and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship.
Patti has worked for Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) for 20 years and is currently the Director of Research, Training and Communication. She is the principle investigator for BearPaw Research, specializes in community-based, applied research, with proficiency in participatory action research and collaborative research methods. Patti’s areas of expertise include interconnected worldviews, family and community ecology, Aboriginal sociological perspectives on water, and Aboriginal history.
Dr Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga and Ngāti Mutunga) is currently the Acting Director at Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, an iwi research centre, mandated by Ngāti Hauiti of the Rangitīkei region in New Zealand. Dr Boulton’s career has spanned both public policy and academia including research and policy roles in the Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and as the Private Secretary (Māori Affairs) for Hon. Parekura Horomia. In 2000 Dr Boulton left the public service to study at Research Centre for Māori Health and Development at Massey University, Palmerston North where she completed her PhD and her postdoctoral studies. Trained as a health services researcher, Dr Boulton’s interests lie in the fields of Māori health and public policy. Specifically, Dr Boulton’ work focuses on the relationship between national policy intent, planning practices and funding strategies for indigenous health services and the desires of local, indigenous community for improving the health outcomes of their people. These interests have led to research and evaluation projects in mental health, primary health care, public health, community-based health promotion and, more recently, in rongoā Māori and chronic conditions.
Amohia has governance roles as a Board Member of both the Australasian Evaluation Society and Te Kotahi Research Centre, Waikato University and she is a Strategic Advisor to the Whānau Ora Partnership Group; a joint Crown Iwi group comprising Iwi Chairs and Ministers with a responsibility for the achievement of Whānau Ora outcomes. Amohia is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington and an Adjunct Research Associate at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington.
Paul Meredith is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Pākehā descent. He works in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori at Victoria University of Wellington. He researches and publishes in the areas of Māori customary law, Māori identity and Māori history. He is a co-author of Te Mātāpunenga: A Compendium of References to the Concepts and Institutions of Māori Customary Law (Victoria University Press, 2013).
Professor Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula is Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is a National Institutes of Health funded investigator whose community-based participatory research (CBPR) involves developing sustainable community-placed health promotion programs to achieve cardiometabolic health equity for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. His research examines how biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors interplay to affect their risk for, and treatment of, diabetes and heart disease.
Among his various studies of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, he has examined the effects of depression on cigarette smoking and diabetes management; of racism on physiological stress indices, hypertension, and psychological distress; of acculturation on the risk for depression and diabetes. He is also a member of Halemua o Kūali‘i, a Hawaiian cultural group dedicated to the revitalization of traditional values and practices to build leaders in our Hawaiian communities.
Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a Psychologist and Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her area of research includes social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, on the executive board of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, and co-chair of the Commonwealth Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. She is currently the project leader of the National Empowerment Project: an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project. She has many publications in Indigenous mental health in particular, the Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2014. She is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people
Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese is Coordinator of the Pasifika Section of The Family Centre. She specialises in family research as this applies to the Pasifika nations and to Pasifika people – for example in relation to mental health, poverty, housing, unemployment, cultural and gender deprivation. In relation to social policy analysis, Kiwi is engaged in the development of new social policy perspectives emanating from various Pasifika cultural rationalities. She is also concerned with the impact of government policy decisions on the Pasifika Sector of New Zealand society. Further areas of her work include: documenting and analysing the effects of cultural dislocation upon the Pasifika community in New Zealand; a focus upon Pasifika youth; and patterns of migration to New Zealand from the Pacific. Kiwi is regularly contracted to speak and advise in areas of applied social policy at national and international levels. She is often on secondment to Afeafe O Vaetoefaga from the Family Centre.
Dr Kahu McClintock (Waikato/Maniapoto, Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Porou) is the Manager Research at Te Rau Matatini. Kahu has worked in the health and disability sector for over 20 years, with a special focus on Māori health research and child and adolescent mental health. Kahu holds a Dip Nursing (Psychiatric), Higher Dip Teaching, B Ed, M Phil (Māori), D Phil (Psychiatry). She was a Member of the Māori Health Committee, New Zealand Health Research Council from 2008 to 2014, and Chair of Ngā Kanohi Kitea Community Research Committee, New Zealand Health Research Council during that term. In 2015 Kahu was a ministerial appointment to the National Ethics Advisory Committee. Dr McClintock is the current lead for Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua the Waka Hourua Māori and Pasifika Suicide Research Programme.
Jade Sewell (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Maru) is a Researcher at Te Rau Matatini. Alongside coordinating publication of the journal Jade also leads Te Ipu Whakahauā literature database. Jade has a broad range of experiences working with organisations in the education, health, and technology sectors and has worked in many diverse but related roles in Māori health development. This has included Copy Editor of an international psychology journal, Lead Evaluator in the evaluation of a Māori nurses’ pilot programme and Project Management leading infrastructure development for Māori health providers.
Tracey Brown (Tainui -Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto) brings an extensive background in Te Ao Māori me ōna Tikanga mai i ngā Taonga Tuku Iho within Ngā Raranga Whatu me ngā Rongoa Māori.
Tracey has a Bachelors in Māori Visual Arts and a Certificate in Indigenous Research with Te Wananga O Aotearoa. Tracey’s research focussed on Te Kara Muka: “the flax fibre flag” housed in the British Museum, London. Tracey utilised the fibres / mixed media materials to create a replica of the 8 foot long whip flax fibre flag. She was mentored by her mother, master weaver Betty Brown, Kane Te Manakura and Dr Maureen Lander to support Te Kara Muka’s provenance here in Aotearoa. She also holds a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching with Waikato Institute of Technology where she taught the Te Toi Paematua Raranga Level 4 Course under Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Raroera.
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