Research Cluster - Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori


The goals of Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori ki te Hinengaro Tangata are to engage in research to find solutions to problems which impact on Māori and Pasifika peoples, to seek 'new' and recover 'old' knowledge consistent with Māori and Pasifika aspirations, and make a difference in Māori and Pasifika communities throughout Aotearoa, the Pacific, and beyond. This cluster will engage in Māori-centered and kaupapa Māori and Pasifika-centred research across the sub-disciplines of psychology and across the lifespan from tamariki to kaumatua. Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori also provides a platform for Massey University staff and students to engage in culturally safe research involving Māori and Pasifika peoples.


Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori ki te Hinengaro Tangata values the reciprocal tuakana-teina relationship that exists between Māori and Pasifika peoples; acknowledging Pasifika peoples as the ancestral tuakana, and acknowledging Māori as tāngata whenua and tuakana in Aotearoa. With this in mind, the tuakana-teina relationship will be a primary value guiding the activities of the cluster, and aiming to whakamana both Māori and Pasifika aspirations.


Te Kāhui Rangahau Māori is made up of School of Psychology staff from Massey University’s three campuses, whose primary focus is on conducting Māori and Pasifika specific psychological research and providing high quality supervision for students researching in this field. Both Māori and Pasifika cultures place a high premium on the importance of ‘the relationship’ and a strength of this cluster is that it is built on strong pre-existing relationships within the roopu. Members of the cluster have established experience of research using kaupapa Māori methodologies, research with Māori samples, and research of interest and benefit to Māori and Pasifika communities.

Cluster Members from the School of Psychology

Natasha Tassell-Matamua - Manawatu
Simon Bennett - Wellington
Siautu Alefaio-Tugia - Auckland
Ross Flett - Manawatu
Jhanitra Gavala - Auckland
Sarah Herbert - Manawatu
John Pahina - Manawatu
Hukarere Valentine - Manawatu
Renee Smith - Manawatu

Cluster Members external to the School of Psychology

Professor Sir Mason Durie
Dr Te Kani Kingi


Natasha Tassell-Matamua

Simon Bennett

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