Mary-Kaye Wharakura


Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Pōtatau te Wherowhero te Tangata
Ko Waahi Paa te marae
Ko Tainui te iwi
Ka nui te mihi kia koutou katoa.
I am a Kairangahau for a project funded by the Health Research Council in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development.  I work on a team of researchers and analysts, alongside an advisory group, with Work and Income and employment support providers. This two-year project aims to identify collaborative approaches that successfully support people with addiction, and or, mental illness.

My background is in the education, health, and disability sectors. My research experience includes coordinating projects with the University of Auckland, and clinical trials with the National Institute for Health Innovation. I have a Bachelor of Health and Social Development, with a major in Health promotion.  

Integrating health and social development theories, as well as principles of human rights and social justice, frame my values.  Tikanga values are instinctively important to me, and I embed cultural values and worldviews in my work and practice at every turn.  
I intend to bring diverse cultural knowledge, as well as research expertise, to our team, enhancing the kaupapa of our project.

I am dedicated to quality outcomes for all New Zealand whānau.  My practice supports the self-determination (Rangatiratanga), lived experiences, knowledge, identity and aspirations of all.  

I thrive in spaces with a culture of equity and commitment to diversity. 

I am thrilled to work with Te Pou.