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Prof Helen Moewaka Barnes PhD, MPH

Director Whariki & Co-Director SHORE Research Centre

Whariki Research Centre

Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2009)
  • Master of Public Health - University of Auckland (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Social science, Maori health and wellbeing, kaitiakitanga, identity, alcohol, nutrition, maternal and child health, racism,Kaupapa Maori methodologies, evaluation, gambling, tobacco, determinants of health, health services, Maori community advancement, privilege

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental Sciences (050000):
Maori Health (111713): Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Other Environmental Sciences (059900):
Public Health and Health Services (111700):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

Social scientist, with expertise in theory development, quantitative and qualitative methods, research design, and project management, Māori health, Māori methods and methodologies, research ethics and tikanga, relationships between health of environments and health of people, community engagement; research capacity building,life-course approaches to health and wellbeing, health promotion, health services research, identity and culture, sexuality, parent and child health, whanau ora, growing Māori and Pacific research capacity and research use; developing methods and methodologies within Māori paradigms and evaluation research.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 8 32
Team Member 0 7

Current Projects

Project Title: Tirohanga Whanui

Date Range: 2019 - 2025

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Te mauri o te ukaipo

Date Range: 2019 - 2025

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Tangata Whenua Tangata Ora: Investigating health gain through whenua initiatives

Date Range: 2019 - 2025

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Digital solutions to support knowledge and connection (Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Centre of Research Excellence)

Date Range: 2018 - 2020

Funding Body: University of Auckland

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Completed Projects

Project Title: HRC - Victoria Lesatele - Samoan peoples' experiences of CVD pathways of care

Date Range: 2014 - 2020

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Maori health identities: affecting and driving health

Date Range: 2013 - 2017

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Affective practice, identity and wellbeing in Aotearoa

`Race', culture, and nationhood are continually reproduced in both daily activities and key events, through embodied social meanings and practices. Our research project explores little-studied acts of commemoration/celebration that express nation and community. Waitangi Day, Anzac Day, Matariki, Chinese and Gregorian New Year build and divide, acknowledge and deny, include and exclude and are focal points where we represent ourselves to each other and the world. They are rich in meaning, wairua and emotion for all citizens, whether participating directly or not and have major implications for identity, wellbeing and social cohesion. Our research will focus on the affective politics evoked as people relate, engage and grapple with cultural observances and often charged acts of remembrance in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We will produce new conceptual knowledge around wairua and emotion as neglected dimensions of relationships between Maori and non-Maori.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2017

Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Full

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Project Title: Maori Priorities for Life Stage Research: Hapu Ora

Date Range: 2010 - 2011

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Media, health and wellbeing in Aotearoa

This three year Whariki project examines the pathways by which the current representations of Maori & Maori issues in the print media, radio and tv are established and maintained.
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Date Range: 2007 - 2011

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Conferred privilege and structural advantage - the health implications

Date Range: 2007 - 2011

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Supervision of Masters and PhD students.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 6 4
Co-supervisor 1 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Rebecca MacKenzie - Doctor of Philosophy
    Contemporary understandings of Māori relationships with food and body image.
  • Isla Whittington - Doctor of Philosophy
    Decolonising occupation: A Kaupapa Māori theory of everyday acts.
  • Ken Taiapa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Community Action and Environmental Restoration
  • Victoria Jensen-Lesatele - Doctor of Philosophy
    Samoan peoples experiences of cardiovascular disease pathways of care
  • Jodi Porter - Doctor of Philosophy
    Ngai Tai Vitality: Validating iwi-specific measures and strengthening iwi outcomes
  • Te Raina Gunn - Doctor of Philosophy
    Wairua and identity in national commemoration days

Co-supervisor of:

  • Christine Elers - Doctor of Philosophy
    Maori meanings of health and wellbeing: Voices from the margins

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Teah Carlson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Kaupapa Māori Evaluation: Transforming Health Literacy
  • 2018 - Belinda Borell - Doctor of Philosophy
    The Nature of the Gaze: A conceptual discussion of societal privilege from an indigenous perspective
  • 2014 - Acushla O'Carroll - Doctor of Philosophy
    Kanoi ki te kanohi - a thing of the past? An examination of Maori use of social networking sites and the implication for Maori culture and society
  • 2013 - Sandra Brown - Doctor of Philosophy
    Searching for good evaluation: a hikoi

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2018 - Alex McConville - Doctor of Philosophy
    An Affective Politics of National Life.
  • 2017 - Brigid Livesey - Doctor of Philosophy
    Planning to develop land returned under Treaty settlement in Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand: An institutional ethnography
  • 2014 - Michael Blewden - Doctor of Philosophy
    Why do evaluators intentionally seek process use? Exploring meaning and reason as explanation

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