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Dr Paule Ruwhiu MSW, PhD


School of Social Work

Currently I am writing my PhD, my passion and interest area is with decolonisation processes and the experiences of the participants.  I am also lecturing on the BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) it is a pleasure and and an honour to be able to give back to Massey as a former student of the BSW programme and the MSW programme.

Ko ia tēnei taku mihi

Ko Paul’e Rūwhiu taku ingoa 

Ko taku hononga whakapapa ko a Ngā Puhi, me Ngāti Porou

Ko Puhunga Tohora, ko Hikurangi ngā maunga

Ko Waiapū ki te Moananui a kiwa te tauhanga

Ko ngā takahanga waewae o aku tipuna ko Otaua ki Mangakahia, ko  Horoera, ki Te Araroa

Tau ake nei te wairua o te tangata Māori

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Contact details

  • Ph: ext 43358
    Location: Quad A 3.45, Quad Building A
    Campus: Albany, Auckland


  • Master of Social Work - Massey University (2009)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2019)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Tangata Whenua

Indigenous Peoples

Decolonisation processes

Integenerational Trends

Historical Trauma


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Education (130000):
Social Work (160700): Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs


Stanley-Clarke, N., Cooper, L., Ruwhiu, P., Kim, H., & Julich, S. (2021). Social services. In Social Policy Practice and Processes in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 383 - 392). : Massey Texts
[Chapter]Authored by: Cooper, L., Julich, S., Kim, H., Ruwhiu, P., Stanley-Clarke, N.
Mooney, H., Watson, A., Ruwhiu, P., & English, A. (2019). Māori Social Work and Māori Mental Health in Aotearoa New Zealand. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore
[Chapter]Authored by: Mooney, H., Ruwhiu, P., Watson, A.
Ruwhiu, P. (2019). Te Whakapakari ake i te mahi: Mana-Enhancing Practice Engagement with Social Work students and Practitioners. In R. Munford, & K. O'Donoghue (Eds.) New Theories for Social Work Practice: Ethical Practice for working with individuals, Families and Communities. (pp. 197 - 211). London UK: Jessica Kingsley Publications
[Chapter]Authored by: Ruwhiu, P.


Ruwhiu, P. (2019). Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Ruwhiu, P.


Stanley-Clarke, N., Ruwhiu, P., & Julich, S. (2020, May). Social Services Presentation. In Victoria University Social Policy Students. Presented at Victoria University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Julich, S., Ruwhiu, P., Stanley-Clarke, N.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 179.210 Social Work Theories, Assessment and Interventions
  • 179.310 Integrated Practice with Groups and Families
  • 179.330 Māori Development and the Social Services
  • 179.783 Māori Development and the Social Services

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Roger Ngahooro - Doctor of Philosophy
    Social Work Competency to work with whanau

Media and Links


  • 29 Jan 2020 - Online
    Massey University researcher calls for social work
    E-Bulletin for Mental Health Foundation New Zealand published story from Massey about my research
  • 19 Jan 2020 - Online, Other
    MU researcher calls for SW to be decolonised
    Kumara Vine promotes positive news about Māori and Pacific peoples
  • 16 Dec 2019 - Radio
    Live Interview with Radio Waatea
    Call to decolonise Social Work Education
  • 14 Mar 2018 - Online
    A sense of identity is crucial for Māori SW
    Massey University News
  • 13 Dec 2019 - Online
    Calling for social work to be decolonised
    Massey University News
  • 11 Aug 2020 - Online
    ANZASW celebrates international indigenous day
    I was asked to contribute to the ANZASW website as part of an indigenous scholar promoting International Indigenous Day
  • 10 Feb 2020 - Online
    Health at Massey
    Recognition of PhD graduation in the Health at Massey newsletter
  • 09 Dec 2019 - Other
    Social Work Awards 2019
    Celebrations for our students in the BSW and MaSW with a ceremony of awards. I presented the award of Te Tohu Kahurangi Iti.