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Dr Margaret Forster

Senior Lecturer

Te Putahi-a-Toi

Director, Bachelor of Arts (Programme)

CoHSS - Deputy PVC's Office

Rongomaiwāhine, Ngāti Kahungunu

Margaret teaches in the area of Māori knowledge and development and supervises postgraduate research on a range of topics related to the adaptation and resilience of Māori culture. Her research interests are focused around cultural and social sustainability and include an exploration of Māori relationships with whenua, Māori-state resource management relations, and cultural and ethical issues related to engagement with Māori.

Research Expertise

Research Interests

cultural and social sustainability


Māori development


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Studies In Human Society (160000): Studies of Maori Society (169904)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 1
Team Member 0 1

Current Projects

Project Title: HRC - Sharon Awatere - Maori elders' wellbeing and resilience indicator: measuring iwi health outcome

Date Range: 2013 - 2017

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 5 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Sharon Awatere - PhD
    Pou Rewarewa: Kaumatua standing tall like the Rewarewa tree eh - that’s cool! Older whanau in Hawke’s Bay talk about living with osteoarthritis

CoSupervisor of:

  • Brendan Stevenson - PhD
    Measuring Maori Identity and Health: Maori Differentiated Cultural Cohorts
  • Karen Seccombe - PhD
    WAI the Women's Art Initiative: art making in response to violence
  • Stephan Gibbs - PhD
    Toi Tamanuhiri - "Hua Uri Kuri" Te Hoe Nukuroa A-Hoe! Exhibition -Tairawhiti Museum Artefact?
  • Felicity Ware - PhD
    Whanau kopepe: Young Maori parents experiences of raising a family
  • Sarah Herbert - PhD
    Alcohol Use and Older Maori in Aotearoa

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Stefania Maria Pizzirani - PhD
    A culturally focused life cycle sustainability assessment: Analysis of forestry value chain options with Maori land owners
  • 2015 - Carole Ann Fernandez - PhD
    Whakawhirinakitanga Ahua: Exploring a Maori model of health service delivery

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