Our Team

Ngā kaimahi (Our people)

Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Group is directed by Dr Sarah-Jane Paine. Within Tōmaiora sits a group of leading senior Māori health researchers as well as the Tōmaiora Junior and Emerging researcher group. Tōmaiora is supported by the Office of the Tumuaki and Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (Department of Māori Health) led by Professor Papaarangi Reid within the Faulty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Professor Papaarangi Reid (Te Rarawa)

Tumuaki / Head of Department of Maori Health

Professor Reid holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine. She has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa and her research interests include analysing disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring government commitment to indigenous rights.

Professor Papaarangi Reid

Email: p.reid@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 1922
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Dr Sarah-Jane Paine

Tomaiora Research Director

Dr Sarah-Jane Paine (Tuhoe) is a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori and Co-Director of the Tōmaiora Research Group. She holds science degrees from the University of Otago and a PhD in Public Health from Massey University. Her area of research expertise is in the quantitative investigation of ethnic inequities in health and the determinants of health across the life-course.

Dr Sarah Jane Paine

Email: sj.paine@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 4937
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Senior Researchers

Dr Elana Curtis

Associate Professor / Director of Vision 20:20

Associate Professor Elana Taipapaki Curtis (Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) is a Public Health Physician currently working as Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. She is Director of Vision 20:20 Māori and Pacific support programme for the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Dr Curtis recently completed her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) focused on indigenous health workforce development. Continuing Kaupapa Māori reseach includes teaching of indigenous health within medical education, ethnic inequities within emergency department settings, ethnic inequities in cardiovascular care and,  the prevalence of dementia amongst Māori.

Dr Elana Curtis

Email:  e.curtis@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6470
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Dr Rhys Jones

Senior lecturer / Doctoral candidate

Dr Jones is a Public Health Physician currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM), University of Auckland. As Director of Teaching in TKHM, Rhys oversees Māori Health teaching, learning and assessment in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. His research interests include ethnic inequalities in health, Indigenous health in health professional education, and environmental influences on health. Dr Jones is principal investigator on the Educating for Equity study, an international research project examining how health professional education can reduce inequities and improve health outcomes for Indigenous populations. In 2006, Rhys was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, examining interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care using organisational case studies.

Dr Rhys Jones

Email: rg.jones@auckland.ac.nz
+64 9 923 46278
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Dr Ricci Harris
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ricci Harris (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician and Research Associate Professor at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori and Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare. She has research expertise in Māori health, epidemiology (including quantitative aspects of Kaupapa Māori research) and the investigation and elimination of ethnic health inequities in New Zealand. This has included research into the classification of ethnicity, ethnic disparities in health status and receipt of health services, and the impact of social determinants (e.g. SES and racism) on Māori health and inequities. Her current research focus is on racism as a determinant of health. This includes the relationship between experiences of discrimination and health, the impact of socially-assigned ethnicity, ethnic consciousness and ethnic density on health, and ethnic bias among health professionals

Dr Ricci Harris


Dr Jade Tamatea
Senior Lecturer

Jade (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Maniapoto) works clinically as an Endocrinologist and Diabetologist at Waikato DHB. Based in Hamilton, she is a senior lecturer with Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland, with research interest in ethnic healthcare inequities, particularly in diabetes and thyroid disease. She is particularly interested in clinical research that addresses the impact the healthcare system plays in inequities. Jade completed a PhD in Medicine in 2019 at the University of Auckland, title “Whakangungu Rākau – Incidence, Severity and Treatment Outcomes of Thyrotoxicosis for Māori.”

Dr Tamatea

Email: j.tamatea@auckland.ac.nz 
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Dr Anneka Anderson

Dr Anneka Anderson (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe) is a Medical Anthropologist currently working as Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. She is the Director of Hikitia Te Ora – Certificate in Health Sciences (bridging/foundation education for Māori and Pacific), Co-Director of teaching and the Post Graduate Advisor for Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. Anneka is a qualitative kaupapa Māori researcher who focuses her work around Māori experiences of health. Anneka has engaged in research with rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, tuberculosis, antenatal care, health service utilisation and kaumātua health.

Dr Anneka Anderson

Email: a.anderson@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3373
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Dr Donna Cormack
Senior Lecturer

Donna (Kāti Mamoe, Kai Tahu) has been involved in work on the collection and classification of ethnicity data in Aotearoa/New Zealand, particularly as it relates to measuring and monitoring inequities. Recently, Donna has been focused on work examining the impacts of racism on Māori health and health inequities. Donna coordinated the Kaupapa Māori Theory postgraduate Māori health course at the School of Population Health.

Email: d.cormack@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 373 7599


New and Emerging Researches

Sonia Hawkins
Doctoral Candidate

PhD Title: Racial and ethnic bias among registered nurses.
Health Research Council of New Zealand funded Hauora Māori Career Development Award PhD

Supervisors: Dr Donna Cormack, Dr Rhys Jones, Associate Professor Ricci Harris

Sonia Hawkins

Email: s.hawkins@auckland.ac.nz


Hana Burgess
PhD Student, Tutor, Research Assistant

PhD Title: Whānau consent: an expression of indigenous rights
Health Research Council of New Zealand funded Hauora Māori Career Development Award PhD
Supervisors: Prof. Papaarangi Reid, Dr Donna Cormack

Hana Burgess

Email: h.burgess@auckland.ac.nz



Dr Jamie-Lee Rahiri
PhD Student

PhD Title: Optimising post-operative pain relief following abdominal surgery
Health Research Council of New Zealand funded Hauora Māori Career Development Award PhD

Dr Jamie-Lee

Email: j.rahiri@auckland.ac.nz


Karen Brewer
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Karen (née McLellan) is a speech-language therapist and kaupapa Māori researcher. With an interest in acquired speech and language disorders, Karen has worked at Waikato Hospital and as a community speech-language therapist for Counties Manukau Health. Karen completed a PhD in Speech Science at The University of Auckland in March 2014, with a thesis titled “The experiences of Māori with aphasia, their whānau members and speech-language therapists”. Her PhD supervisors were Dr Matire Harwood, Dr Sue Crengle, Dr Clare McCann (University of Auckland) and Prof Linda Worrall (University of Queensland). Karen has been awarded an Eru Pomare Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, for a project titled “A kaupapa Māori intervention for stroke-related communication disorders”. She commenced this fellowship, in the Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Unit, at the beginning of April 2014.

Dr Karen Brewer

Email: k.brewer@auckland.ac.nz

Erena Wikaire
PhD Student, Māori health researcher

Ko Ngāpuhi te iwi, ko Ngāti Hine te hapū, ko Mōtatau te marae, ko Hikurangi te Maunga, ko Taumarere te awa, ko Hineāmaru te tupuna. I am a Māori Health Researcher at Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Centre, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (Department of Māori Health), University of Auckland. My previous research has included: Māori and Indigenous health and disability workforce development, cultural competence, mental health and cancer in Māori and Indigenous populations. I recently completed a Masters in Public Health entitled “Data Speaks: Predictors of success in tertiary education health study for Māori and Pacific students”. I am currently completing a PhD in Public Health (Māori Health) investigating Māori participation in traditional Māori health practices (rongoā). Ongoing research interests include Māori health workforce development, traditional Māori health (rongoā), and addressing ethnic inequalities in health

PhD Title: Māori participation in traditional Māori healing practices (rongoā Māori).
Health Research Council of New Zealand funded Hauora Māori Career Development Award PhD
Supervisors: AP Matire Harwood, AP Leonie Pihama

Dr Erena Wikaire

Email: e.wikaire@auckland.ac.nz

Alehandrea Manuel
PhD Candidate (Audiology)

PhD Title: Taringa Whakarongo – Older Māori and whānau experiences and perspectives of hearing loss and hearing health care services. Feb 2018 – Feb 2021

Supervisors: AP Elana Curtis, AP Grant Searchfield


Email: alehandrea.manuel@auckland.ac.nz


Dr Kyle Eggleton
PhD Student

I am the Year 4 course director for General Practice and Primary Health Care as well as the GP academic with responsibilities for Year 5 and 6 placements in Northland. I work part time in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and part time as the medical officer for Ki A Ora Ngātiwai, an iwi health provider based in Northland. My research interests broadly coalesce around the theme of quality of primary care. I am particularly interested in equity, access issues and participatory action research. My PhD topic explores the concept of measuring quality of iwi health providers and utilises a Kaupapa Māori aligned methodology

Dr Eggleton

Email: k.eggleton@auckland.ac.nz


Ash Gillon
Doctoral Candidate

Ko Pūtauaki te maunga, Ko Rangitaiki te awa, Ko Mataatua te waka, Ko Tu Teao te marae, Ko Ngā Maihi te hapū, Ko Ngāti Awa te iwi, Ko Wairaka te tipuna. Ko Ashlea Gillon tōku ingoa. I’m a tutor, research assistant and PhD candidate at The University of Auckland. I’m undertaking a PhD in Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, exploring Indigenous women’s body sovereignty. I also work as a research assistant in He Vaka Moana – Navigating Māori and Pasifika Student Success for CLEAR, and a tutor in Māori health.

Ash Gillon

Email: a.gillon@auckland.ac.nz 


Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens
Postgraduate Student


Email: lorrainehs@nhc.maori.nz