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.


  • 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


28 February, 2019

Pacific Health Governance Research Network - Workshop Report

In February, Hāpai te Hauora Senior Manager Stephanie Erick attended the 2nd workshop for the Pacific Health Governance Research Network (PHGRN) in Fiji hosted by the University of Queensland, the Pacific Community and Fiji National University. 

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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