Māori health research

Mātauranga hauora

Research expertise

Mental health in social work

Mental health social work research has a direct link with the health and wellbeing of those we work with. Our research includes Māori mental health, the nature of mental health organisations, and health and wellbeing.


Māori health

The health and well-being of diverse Māori populations is fundamental to understanding inequalities in health and pathways for improving the lives of all New Zealanders. Our research explores historical trends in the health of Māori populations, the factors shaping health outcomes, and identifying critical interventions for enhancing community health and well-being.


Māori social workers in schools

Social workers in schools in a key new practice area for social work. Research has shown that Māori social workers bring a multitude of skills and roles to the table when working in schools (within iwi providers) to improve whānau wellbeing.


Social service and decolonisation in Aotearoa New Zealand

Introducing colonisation and decolonisation further advances bicultural development. Our research explores the process of decolonisation and the experiences of social workers. We also look at the impact of decolonisation in education, practice and social policy.



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Research centres

Centre for Public Health Research

The Centre for Public Health Research covers all aspects of public health, including non-communicable diseases (respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes), occupational health, environmental health, socio-economic determinants of health, Māori health and Pacific health research.

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Research Centre for Māori Health and Development | Te Pūmanawa Hauora

The Research Centre for Māori Health and Development focuses on public health research from a Māori development perspective.

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SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre

The SHORE and Whāriki Research Centre is funded through external research grants and contracts to undertake public-good research of relevance to the health and social sectors. The centre consists of two multidisciplinary research groups working in a Treaty of Waitangi partnership model to produce excellent research with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand and globally.

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