Bridgette Masters-Awatere

Associate Professor Bridgette Masters-Awatere is the Director of the Māori & Psychology Research Unit (MPRU) within the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato.

Bridgette Masters-Awatere (Te Rarawa, Ngai te Rangi, Tūwharetoa ki Kawerau) is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato. Her research focuses on Māori health outcomes with a particular focus on the connection between environmental health factors to human health and wellbeing.

Bridgette is currently leading several projects related to Māori health and is always looking for ways to explore the connection to climate health. She leading the Haumanu Hauora project, funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge, that is focused on  exploring the intersection of health policy development from a Māori health equity lens in the context of climate change.


  • Community Psychology
  • Māori and Indigenous health and wellbeing
  • Health policy development


Selected recent publications

Tassell-Matamua, M., Lindsay, N., Bennett, A., & Masters-Awatere, B. (2020). Māori Cultural Identity Linked to Greater Regard for Nature: Attitudes and (Less So) Behavior. Ecopsychology. 13(1) 9-18.

Graham, R., & Masters-Awatere, B. (2020). Experiences of Māori of Aotearoa New Zealand’s public health system: a systematic review of two decades of published qualitative research. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Masters-Awatere, B., Graham, R., Scott, N., & Atatoa Carr, P. (2020). Meal provision needed for caregivers who stay with a child in hospital. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation