Hāpai Research and Evaluation specialise in innovative social and health research and evaluation that strengthens Whānau Ora and advances Māori health.

Our team welcomes project partnerships, and regularly collaborate with external research organisations, provide kaupapa Māori research and evaluation advice, and are members of a number of boards and governance groups.

Our Service

We are a multidisciplinary team who can offer research and evaluation advice and support in the following areas:

  • Results Based Accountability (RBA)
  • Formative, Process and Outcome Evaluation
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Community and Participatory Action Research
  • Collective Impact
  • Tobacco Control
  • Whānau Ora
  • Well Child
  • Social and Public Health Policy Development
  • Health Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and other Drugs
  • Whānau Ora
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Gambling Harm Minimisation
  • Cultural Responsiveness

Our extensive network of stakeholders, and Collective Impact approach, means we are uniquely placed to leverage our relationships for specific skills and knowledge that can be used to enhance our work, or to provide a combined, cross organisational response to social and health issues that impact on Whānau Ora and Māori health.

Current Projects

Report | Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025

On the 2nd August 2017, the Achieving Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 plan (ASAP) was launched at Parliament Buildings, Wellington. It has been developed with input from more than thirty experts from New Zealand and overseas, together with around 100 health and community stakeholders. This evidence-based action plan for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 recommends measures to be introduced over the next five years to greatly reduce the affordability, availability, appeal and addictiveness of smoked tobacco products. The Smokefree Aotearoa goal is achievable for all peoples in New Zealand – provided the right actions are implmented without delay.

Read the report here

Hāpai presenting at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting 2017.

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting
March 8-11, 2017
Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center
Florence, Italy

Stephanie Erick (Senior Advisor) represented Hāpai at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference in Florence, Italy. Our presentation looked at the persistent disparities that have remained even though there has been continuousdecline in smoking amongst 14-15 year olds in New Zealand.

Our study explores the decline in smoking over time for ethnic groups, and the extent of the disparities amongst indigenous Māori and Pacific young smokers as observed in Aotearoa.

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Some key strategies that will now be looked at in more detail include

  • Reduction in tobacco outlet numbers
  • Availability of e-cigs more available than tobacco.

A key event attended at the conference was the Indigenous symposium which was chaired by Anaru Waa and titled “ The role of research in meeting FCTC commitments to indigenous peoples: what progress have we made?

Hāpai were proud to participate in this symposium and hear about extraordinary projects happening with indigenous communities in Australia and Minnesota, USA. In particular it was wonderful to hear from our very own Dr Heather Gifford (previous Hāpai Advisory group Chair for Te Ara Ha Ora) and Dr El-Shadan Tautolo (Hāpai’s Pacific Smokefree Network member).

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the Collective Impact Initiative for Te Pou Matakana, North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency
  • International Indigenous Gateway Event, International Gambling Conference 2016 for the Ministry of Health, Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm Portfolio (view the report below)
  • Evaluation of Te Pae o Te Hā, Smokefree Innovation Funding Project for Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust

International Gambling Conference - Indigenous Gateway Pre-Conference

Hosted by Hāpai Research and Evaluation
Funded by the Ministry of Health
10-12 February 2016

Hāpai were successful in their bid for funding to host an Indigenous Pre-Conference ahead of the International Gambling Conference (Hosted by Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand and Auckland University of Technology). A number of indigenous presentations were delivered, with thoughts, strategies and actions developed to assist in the Minimisation of Gambling Harm for our indigenous communities. As part of this pre-conference, Hāpai have formed an pan-continental collaboration with Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik of Canada, and Janis Koolmatrie of Ngarrindjeri mob in Australia who presented at theNAGS Conferencein Cairns Australia in November 2016. See below for the Pre-Conference report.

IGC Pre-Conference summary report

National Association for Gambling Studies Conference, November 2016

The Gambling Harm Infrastructure Services for Hāpai (National Coordination Service and Te Kakano) jointly submitted in collaboration with SheilaWahsquonaikezhik of Canada, and Janis Koolmatrieof Ngarrindjeri mob in Australia, an abstract which has been accepted to deliver a panel presentation at the National Association for Gambling Studies conference this year in Cairns.

The presentation will discuss Indigenous gambling across three continents: Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It will share the views of Indigenous researchers and practitioners working in the field to develop and implement policies, practices and procedures that are culturally appropriate for First Nations communities experiencing cultural, social and economic impacts related to gambling issues. The discussion will also focus on current research trends, findings and culturally appropriate harm minimization strategies. For more information regarding the National Association of Gambling Studies conferencesee here.

Invited Panel Discussion

Fogarty, M., Gordon, A., Loo, J., Lyndon-Tonga, L., Moussa, R., Robinson, J.(Commentator), & Wahsquonaikezhik, S. (2016, November). Diversity and gambling. In K. Ohtsuka (Chair), Michael Walker Memorial Lecture Panel Discussion: Diversity and Gambling presented at the National Association for Gambling Studies Conference, Cairns, Queensland, 25 November 2016.


  • Dyall, L & Z Hawke, R Herd, P Nahi, 2009. Housework as a Metaphor for Gambling Public Health Action: An Indigenous Perspective. Published Journal Article.Z
  • Dyall, L & Z Hawke, Coupe, N, Nahi, P 2013 Being a Good Parent, Duty of Care for Gambling Venues 2013. Journal Article 2013

Our Team

Our team provide support and advice across all Hāpai contracts as well as in-house mentoring, capability and capacity building. Having an in-house research and evaluation team also means our contract managers and stakeholders receive timely and pragmatic advice and support. This is especially important when working with diverse communities, which are often highly dynamic and challenging environments.

Stephanie Erick

Stephanie Erick


Stephanie is a Senior Advisor for Hapai Te Hauora Tapui and brings wide-ranging research experience including design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination. She is interested in producing and collecting sound evidence to enable policy makers and communities to contribute to the Smokefree 2025 goal. Her work on the annual ASH Year 10 survey ensured evidence was published and translated for end-users in particular Maori and Pacific communities. Other research interests include innovations to prompt mass stop smoking and building research capacity in others. Stephanie continues to participate in research advisory groups and projects with universities and research collectives.

Elizabeth Strickett

Elizabeth Strickett


Lizzie Jurisich Strickett holds Arts and Commerce degrees (Media, Marketing, Psychology) with a Master’s degree in Health Psychology from the University of Auckland. Her thesis explored the link between depression and obesity in pregnancy, and the impact of low social support and racism on mental health. It used a mixed methodology, employing both quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis. Lizzie has also worked alongside various Maori research bodies, including Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga and Shore & Whaariki research centre on research projects that centred on parenting, sexuality and the representation of young Maori parents within healthcare spaces.

In her role at Hapai te Hauora within the Tobacco advocacy portfolio, Lizzie continues to use evidence- based research on to examine disparities in tobacco- related health outcomes between Maori and non- Maori as a means of monitoring government commitments to indigenous rights.

Strickett, E. J. (2017). Nau te Whatu Maori: Maori women’s experiences with obesity, depression, and racism in pregnancy. (Unpublished master's thesis), University of Auckland.

Strickett, E. J. (2014). Marginalising Maori Parents: Internship report. Wellington, New Zealand: Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga. Retrieved from http://www.maramatanga.co.nz/project/marginalising-m-ori-parents-interns...

Hinerangi Rhind-Wiri

Hinerangi Rhind-Wiri


Hinerangi holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts degrees (Media Studies, Psychology and Māori Studies) with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters of Arts from the University of Auckland.

Her thesis explores the experiences of Māori women whose roles have been obstructed as a result of colonisation and whose realities are largely omitted in academic literature. It considers the on-going factors of colonisation, which inhibit the ability for Māori women to fully participate as political decision makers, and analyses the imposition of Western practices and standards in the specific context of treaty discourse. The research is sympathetic to the idea that colonisation is not a synonymous experience and that oppression is multi-layered and in cases compounded by race and gender. As Hinerangi seeks to normalise te reo Māori in all spaces, her thesis was written in te reo Māori.

Hinerangi was also a research assistant on a research project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund which explores the experiences of claimant’s in the treaty claims settlement process through the University of Auckland.

Rhind-Wiri, HM (2017). Te mana o ngā wāhine Māori me ngā take Tiriti o Waitangi
Retrieved from https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/handle/2292/36900