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Contact details +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 85091

Felicity Ware MA

Senior Lecturer

Te Putahi-a-Toi

I am committed to teaching, researching and supervision philosophies such as Ako, Āta, Kaupapa Māori, Matauranga, Pūrākau, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Tikanga, and Te Reo Māori, in the areas of Hauora, Whānau ora, Parenting for Māori, Māori infant and maternal health and wellbeing, and Māori youth development. I am proficient in large group facilitation as well as innovative online delivery and digital technologies in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.


Contact details

  • Ph: extn 85091
    Location: Rm 1.03, Te Putahi a Toi
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Master of Arts (Maori Studies) 1st Class Hons - Massey University (2009)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Hauora (Māori approaches to wellbeing)

Whānau ora

Parenting for Maori,

Rangatahi (Maori youth development),

Pūrākau (Māori narratives)

Kaupapa Maori

Narrative inquiry


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cultural Studies (200200):
Family Care (111707): Health and Community Services (111708): Health Promotion (111712):
Language Studies (200300): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Maori Cultural Studies (200207):
Maori Health (111713): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700):
Te Reo Maori (Maori Language) (200321)


Hauora (Māori approaches to wellbeing)

Whānau ora

Parenting for Maori,

Rangatahi (Maori youth development),

Pūrākau (Māori narratives)

Kaupapa Maori

Narrative inquiry

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Research Outputs


Ware, F., Breheny, M., & Forster, M. (2018). Mana Mātua: Being young Māori parents. MAI Journal. 7(1), 18-30 Retrieved from
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.
Ware, F., Breheny, M., & Forster, ME. (2017). Kaupapa Kōrero: a Māori cultural approach to narrative inquiry. AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous scholarship. OnlineFirst, 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.
Ware, F., Breheny, M., & Forster, M. (2017). The politics of government ‘support’ in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Reinforcing and reproducing the poor citizenship of young Māori parents. Critical Social Policy. 37(4), 499-519
[Journal article]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.


Ware, F., Breheny, M., & Forster, ME. (2017). Reproducing the precarious position of young Māori mothers in Aotearoa New Zealand. In S. Groot, N. Tassell-matamua, C. Van Ommen, & B. Masters-Awatere (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 136 - 146). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Breheny, M., Forster, M., Ware, F.

Consultancy and Languages


  • English
    Last used: First language
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Te reo Maori
    Last used: Everyday
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Average

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

I coordinate Toi Hauora, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and supervision in Maori health, wellbeing and vitality at Te Putahi a Toi School of Maori knowledge. Toi Hauora pedagogy is informed by Ako (Maori teaching and learning pedagogy), Ata (Maori relationship building), matauranga (Maori bodies of knowledge), tikanga (Maori values), te reo (Maori language), and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Toi Hauora offer five Maori health courses across each level of study. 

Introductory course in foundations of Maori health 150.112: Hauora tangata

Intermediate course in Maori wellbeing and vitality 150.202 Mauri ora

Intermediate course in Maori 150.235 Whakamarama

Graduate course in principles of flourishing whanau 150.302 Whanau ora

Postgraduate Course in Maori health advancement 150.702 Pae ora

Toi Hauora also offers two postgraduate qualifications specialising in Maori health: The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Maori health), and the Masters in Health Science (Maori health) for graduates who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Health Science or an equivalent undergraduate qualification and wish to take advance studies in Maori health. Explore the gains made in Maori Health, and the potential to further elevate the health and wellbeing of Maori communities, through an equity lens, Tiriti-based practice, matauranga, strategic Maori development, and rangahau. You will also research innovative ways to advance Maori Health. Both programmes include the postgraduate course 150.702 Pae ora: Maori Health Advancement.


Courses Coordinated

  • 150.202 Mauri ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality
  • 150.302 Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau
  • 150.702 Pae Ora: Māori Health Advancement

Graduate Supervision Statement

The Toi Hauora research approach is informed by Kaupapa Māori (Māori research methodologies), and Kaupapa Kōrero (Māori narrative methodology). My research interests include: hauora (Māori approaches to wellbeing), Whānau ora (collective wellbeing), parenting for Maori, rangatahi (young people), and pūrākau (Māori narratives). I am available to supervise graduate, Postgraduate, Honours, Masters, and co-supervise Doctorates, in research related to my areas of interest and expertise.  

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Ruby Solly - Doctor of Philosophy
    Taonga Puoro within Hauora

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