Ngā Kete


Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket
the people will thrive

Ngā kete is a place for information about kaupapa Māori psychology, bicultural issues, cultural competence, and Māori psychology workforce development.
Find out more about the National Standing Committee on Bicultural Issues (NSCBI) and the NZPsS commitment to biculturalism.
For more information on current work being done by NSCBI see the NSCBI Annual Report for 2018-19.
Link to all bicultural articles printed by the NZ Psychological Society in various publications over the years.

Karahipi Tumuaki –President’s Scholarship 2018 Karis Knight

The Society offers the Karahipi Tumuaki President’s Scholarship which recognises research that is Māori centred and of value to the Māori community.
This scholarship was awarded in 2018 to Karis Knight.  Karis is enrolled in a DClinPsy at The University of Auckland. Her iwi and hapu affiliations are iwi: Ngāti Porou; Hapu: Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare.
Karis has delved into the exciting and under-researched area of Māori emotions; particularly whakamā (shame, embarrassment) and how Māori understand and experience whakamā as a mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) construct of psychological distress. Māori concepts of emotions and their presentation is a growing area in kaupapa Māori research, in particular as a way of addressing the effects of intergenerational and historic trauma on mental health. Positioned within a kaupapa Māori framework the research also seeks to utilise Māori ways of knowing to deconstruct western assumptions of what it means to experience whakamā and its consequences. Her method includes in-depth interviews with Māori mental health professionals and Māori consumers. Karis hopes to provide new knowledge for community services and clinicians about how to support and whakamana (enhancing dignity).

More information on the Karahipi Tumuaki

Launch of the book Te Manu Kai i Te Mātauranga: Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand.  Edited by Waikaremoana W. Waitoki & Michelle Levy.
This ground-breaking book brings together the work of 18 Māori psychologists. Linked by a central story, each author offers insights into how they work with Māori when they start from positions of hope, cultural contexts, and culturally significant essentials. Including a diverse range of expertise, topics covered include Kaupapa Māori psychology, community psychology, mental health, drug and alcohol, neuropsychology, family violence, educational psychology and child and adolescent psychology.
ISBN 978-0-473-34545-7, New Zealand Psychological Society, Wellington, New Zealand (2016); 16 chapters, 300 pages, soft back cover
This book can be ordered and paid online in the Book Store.
Order form indigenous Psychology (PDF)

Aotearoa New Zealand loses a leader with immense mana
Kua hinga te totara i te wao-nui-ā-Tāne. Te tangi o te ngākau, te hotuhotu o te manawa mō te ngarotanga nei. E noho mokemoke tātou te hunga mātauranga i raro i te kapua pouri.
A giant totara has fallen in the vast forest of Tane. This is the metaphor that resonates when attempting to offer an accolade a person who has contributed so much to so many. Read more

Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki from the University of Waikato presented her seminar as part of the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Horizons of Insight Seminars.  Her seminar was titled “The Contributions of Māori Knowledge to an Indigenous Psychology:  Implications for Psychology, Education, Research and Practice” .  You can view a video of her kōrero here on the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Media Centre website.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALaunch of the te reo interpretation of the Code of Ethics at the  Indigenous Psychologies conference, 17 November 2012




Ka tū, ka oho book launchLaunch of the book Ka Tū, Ka Oho: Visons of a Bicultural Partnership in Psychology
A launch of the book Ka Tū, Ka Oho: Visions of a Bicultural Partnership in Psychology. Invited keynotes: Revisiting the Past to Reset the Future was held at the NZPsS/NZCCP joint conference in Wellington. The book edited by Raymond Nairn, Phillipa Pehi, Roseanne Black and Waikaremoana Waitoki has fifteen chapters, each devoted to a bicultural keynote address at NZPsS conferences which has been presented over the past 20 years. In each chapter the presenter reflects upon their addresses then and now. This book provides thoughtful and interesting insights into the bicultural partnership between Māori and Pakeha and is provocative, engaging and compelling reading. Each speaker contributes their unique perspectives on ways of working within the context of personal, social, economic and political influences. Click here for the book store to buy the book.

Karahipi Tumuaki- President’s Scholarship previous recipients

Miriama Ketu-McKenzie 2017 

Miriama is enrolled in a PhD degree, having already completed clinical training. She is a registered psychologist, working at Dunedin hospital. Miriama’s research is focussed on exploring the applicability of a mindfulness- based intervention on the cortisol levels of Māori women who experience chronic stress and have had adverse life events in childhood. Her aim is to explore the relationship between childhood trauma and health problems in adulthood.
Miriama’s research offers a unique opportunity to consider how a culturally adapted mindfulness-based stress reduction programme can be used to alleviate chronic health problems. It is noted that Māori experience high levels of health problems, and this research could assist in providing an alternative to cognitive behavioural therapies.



Jessica gerbic, Karahipi, NZPsS award

Jessica Gerbic 2016

Jessica Gerbic’s research aims to explore how young Māori women cope with motherhood in a rural setting.  Her research will challenge deficit models of Māori and of teenaged mothers and will instead adopt a strength-based approach to understanding their experiences. She will use a Kaupapa Māori methodology, working closely with the local communities within which the research is located. President Dr Kerry Gibson noted that Jessica’s research has the potential to challenge stigmatised views of young Māori mothers, to empower young women in this position and to help services to develop a better understanding of the needs of this group. It is expected that Jessica’s research will have important implications for the way that teenaged Māori mothers are viewed and treated in Aotearoa New Zealand.



Karahipi Tumuaki, Stacey RuruStacey Mariu Ruru 2015

Stacey Mariu Ruru was presented with the Karahipi Tumuaki –President’s Scholarship at the NZPsS Conference in Hamilton. This award recognises research that is Māori centered and of value to the Māori community. The research proposed by Stacey Mariu Ruru to ‘explore Māori womens’ perspectives of leadership and wellbeing, to identify Māori practices and values that Māori women implement within their leadership roles, is very relevant to both Māori and to the discipline of psychology. This research will provide narrative evidence of some of the themes that Māori women in leadership roles draw on to understand and carry out their roles. The particular emphasis on the wellbeing practices Māori women leaders use will add to an understanding of possible habits and customs psychologists may wish to employ in leadership roles. Stacey shows a willingness to engage with kaupapa Maori/indigenous research designs using qualitative research methods to develop her knowledge and skills as a researcher. The research has an overall empowerment focus for Maori women in leadership roles. President, Dr Kerry Gibson wished Stacey well with her research and noted that we look forward to hearing more about her work in future years.

Mihiroa Gillies 2014Karahipi Tumuaki; Maori Psychology; scholarship

Mihiroa Gillies was awarded the Karahipi Tumuaki- President’s Scholarship for her research which aims to provide information about factors which may contribute to the higher prevalence rates of mental disorders amongst Māori adolescents than their non-Māori counterparts.  In particular Mihiroa’s research  aims to explore the nature of this descrepancy, examining the role of cultural identity, social disadvantage and childhood adversity in adolescent mental health.  This research is utilising data gathered on mental health and cultural identification, socio-economic  factors and childhood adversity as part of the longitudinal study of a New Zealand birth cohort – the University of Otago’s Christchurch Health and Development Study and is based on 1265 young people – aged 15-18.  President of the Society, Dr Kerry Gibson in presenting the award congratulated Mihiroa on selecting a research topic which is relevant and important to Māori and wished her every success in completing her research.

Tai President Scholar 13Dr Tai Riki Kake 2013
Dr Tai Kake was awarded the Karahipi Tumuaki- President’s Scholarship for his excellent research on Māori mental health. Tai’s research focuses on cognitive impairment in Māori diagnosed with schizophrenia. The research conveys a strong Kaupapa Māori research approach and was informed by cognitive neuropsychological models of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. This important research topic was carried out in a methodologically sound manner and was supported by a thorough consultation process with Māori. Tai’s involvement with his subjects was based upon Māori protocol. Tai’s research formed part of his PhD and he is looking to publish the results in the near future.

Tiasml Tia Neha 2012
The President’s scholarship of $2000 is awarded to Māori postgraduate students who are active in the Māori community and who are enrolled for a degree requiring a piece of research for either a Masters or higher level post-graduate degree in psychology. The research must be Maori-centred and related to the betterment of the Māori community. The award was conferred on Tia Neha.
Tia Neha is enrolled for a PhD at the University of Otago and is focusing on the role of family oral traditions, autobiographical memories and whether or not these factors link to Māori children’s learning, specifically literacy and numeracy achievements.
President, Frank O’Connor noted that Tia was a very worthy recipient of the scholarship Her research employs a mātauranga Māori methodology and aimed to develop an understanding of the ways in which Māori children learn and attain skills in the cultural environment they are raised in and how that learning relates to their achievements in the classroom. Tia has a background in education, has been the first author of two publications, has contributed to a number of others and has an extensive list of presentations related to her research.

Other bursaries and scholarships

Click on Te Rau Matatini to learn about a range of bursaries and scholarships being offered.

Click on Takoa for information on bursaries and scholarships

Click on Le Va-Pasifika for information on mental health and addiction scholarships supporting mental health services for Pacific people