Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

B.Soc.Sci (Waik), M.Soc.Sci (Waik), DPhil (Waik)


Linda Waimarie Nikora is co-director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and a Professor of Indigenous Studies at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, the University of Auckland. She was previously Professor of Psychology and Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato. Her specialities are in indigenous, community, applied social psychology, ethnopsychology and Maori development.

Research | Current

Professor Nikora has a celebrated research and academic career, working in community, social and indigenous psychologies, with a specific focus on Māori wellbeing and self-determination. Her research has focused on Māori relational wellbeing; Māori ways of mourning; Māori traditional body modification; Maori social identities and identity development; Māori mental health and recovery; social and economic determinants of health; homelessness; social connectedness. Professor Nikora has a passion for Indigenous Psychologies and their development, and welcomes inquiries from Indigenous students who wish to work or research within their own Indigenous communities. Professor Nikora is a member of the Task Force on Indigenous Psychologies  (

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Nikora, L. W. (2017). Indigenous psychologies in Aotearoa/New Zealand - A momentary pause. Paper presented at Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP), Auckland, New Zealand. 26 August - 28 August 2017. Related URL.
  • Nikora, L. W. (2017). Pacific indigenous psychologies - starting points. In U. L. Vaai, A. Casimira (Eds.) Relational hermeneutics - Decolonising the mindset and the Pacific Itulagi (pp. 143-150). Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific and Pacific Theological College.