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  (

Teaching | Current

INDIGEN 710 Indigenous Methodologies

INDIGEN 712 Indigenous Psychologies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Nikora, L. W. (2018). Making Tipuna. Paper presented at 2nd World Indigenous Suicide Prevention Conference, Perth, Australia. 22 November - 23 November 2018. Related URL.
  • Nikora, L. W. (2018). Margot Roth Lecture - Margot and Makere. Paper presented at 2018 Women's Studies Association / Pae Akoranga Wāhine (WSA/PAW) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand. 21 September - 23 September 2018. Related URL.
  • Nikora, L. W. (2018). Language makes us human: Celebrations, continuities and challenges. Paper presented at Te Toi Tauira mō te Matariki conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 5 September - 7 September 2018. Related URL.
  • Nikora, L. W. (2018). Nga Pae o te Maramatanga - E arotaki ana i a Aotearoa ki te pae tawhiti – Leading New Zealand into the Future".. Paper presented at Ka Rewa: Māori Innovation Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand. 10 July - 11 July 2018. Related URL.
  • 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
  • Edge, K., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Sexual and Relational Ethics: Tikanga, Values and Virtues. Paper presented at Critical Health Education Studies Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand. 29 May - 1 June 2018. Related URL.
  • Groot, S., Le Grice, J., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Indigenous Psychology in New Zealand. In W. W. Li, D. Hodgetts, H. F. Koong (Eds.) Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 198-217). New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315158358-11
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jade Le Grice, Shiloh Groot
  • Nikora, L. W., Te Awekotuku, N., & Tamanui, V. (2017). Home and the spirit in the Maori world. In U. L. Vaai, U. Nabobo-Baba (Eds.) The relational self: Decolonising personhood in the Pacific (pp. 153-161). Suva, Fiji: The University of the South Pacific Press.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 217
New Zealand

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