NPM Researcher

Dr Beverley Lawton

Ngāti Porou
Director and Senior Research Fellow, Womens Health Research Centre (WHRC)
University of Otago

Dr Lawton (Ngāti Porou) trained at Otago medical school. She worked as a general practitioner in Newtown, Wellington for and co-founded the Wellington menopause clinic. These experiences lead to an interest in research to answer the many questions relevant to women’s health.

She joined the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare in 1998 which was followed by the establishment of the Women’s Health Research Centre. Bev was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, for services to women’s health.

Dr Armon J Tamatea

Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-A-Maahaki
Senior Lecturer
University of Waikato

Armon Tamatea is a clinical psychologist who served as a clinician and senior research advisor for the Department of Corrections (New Zealand) before being appointed senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Waikato. He has worked extensively in the assessment and treatment of violent and sexual offenders, and contributed to the design and implementation of an experimental prison-based violence prevention programme for high-risk offenders diagnosed with psychopathy.  

Dr Heather Gifford

Ngāti Hauiti, Te Atihaunui ā Papārangi
Senior Advisor Business & Research
Whakauae Research for Māori Health & Development

Heather is a trained nurse working in the field of child and family health, and has taught at a tertiary level in health services, as well as working as a manager with a Māori Development Organisation and in primary health care.

She has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health at Otago University, a Masters in Public Health from the same university and a PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship with Te Pūmanawa Hauora, the Research Centre for Māori Health and Development, Massey University. 

Associate Professor Māmari Stephens

Te Rarawa
Associate Professor
Victoria University of Wellington

Māmari completed an MA (Distinction) in Classical Studies, BA (Hons), and an LLB (Hons) at Victoria University. She then spent three and a half years at Russell McVeagh in Wellington working in the Māori legal team in the Corporate Advisory Group, latterly concentrating on ACC law.

Dr John Reid

Senior Research Fellow
University of Canterbury

John is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury’s Ngai Tahu Research Centre. He is a specialist in leading and developing multi-disciplinary research and development programmes focused on addressing interrelated social, economic, and environmental problems.

His research explores the way in which Indigenous and Western cultures shape identity, sense of place, and approaches to social and economic development.

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