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)

  • Waitoki, W., Dudgeon, P., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Indigenous psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia. Global Psychologies: Mental Health and the Global South (pp. 163-184). 10.1057/978-1-349-95816-0_10
  • Nikora, L. W., Hodgetts, D., Groot, S., Stolte, O., & Chamberlain, K. (2016). Street health: Practitioner service provision for Māori homeless people in Auckland. In J. Fitzgerald, G. J. Byrne (Eds.) Psychosocial dimensions of Medicine (pp. 220-231). Research, Victoria, Australia: IP Communications.
  • Dudgeon, P., Darlaston-Jones, D., Nikora, L. W., Waitoki, W., Pe-Pua, R., Tran, L. N., & Rouhani, L. (2016). Changing the acculturation conversation: Indigenous cultural reclamation in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. In D. L. Sam, J. W. Berry (Eds.) The Cambridge handbook of acculturation psychology (pp. 115-133). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/CBO9781316219218.009
  • Groot, S., Hodgetts, D., Nikora, L. W., Rua, M. R., & Groot, D. (2015). Pani me te rawakore: home-making and Maori homelessness without hope or a home. In M. Kepa, M. McPherson, L. Manu atu (Eds.) Home: Here to stay (pp. 55-67). Wellington, New Zealand: Huia Publishers.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shiloh Groot
  • Moeke-Maxwell, T., Nikora, L. W., & Te Awekotuku, N. (2013). Manaakitanga: Ethical research with Māori who are dying. In M. N. Agee, T. McIntosh, P. Culbertson, C. O. Makasiale (Eds.) Pacific identities and well-being: Cross cultural perspectives (pp. 188-203). London, UK: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tess Moeke-Maxwell
  • Nikora, L. W., & Te Awekotuku, N. (2013). Tangihanga: The ultimate form of Maori cultural expression - An overview of a research program. In M. Agee, T. McIntosh, P. Culbertson, C. Makasiale (Eds.) Pacific identities and well-being: Cross cultural perspectives (pp. 169-173). Hove, East Sussex: Routledge.