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I respect the time, effort, and vulnerability of those I work with and am therefore committed to the highest standards of ethics and practice. 


I am a registered health coach with HCANZA. I have 30 years of experience in this field, a BA in Psychology (Massey), PGDip in Health Psychology (Vic) and am presently doing a PhD in Health Psychology with Victoria University of Wellington. 




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I completely agree with and will comply with the Code of Ethics For Psychologists Working in Aotearoa/New Zealand (click to download).

These core principles are:

  • Respect for the Dignity of Persons and Peoples

  • Responsible Caring

  • Integrity in Relationships

  • Social Justice and Responsibility to Society

These are the standards I will bring into every encounter during my work.​


In order to consider our diverse cultural experiences in relation to working together, I am seeking to appreciate and apply Kaupapa Māori principles drawn from the sources below. We can explore and learn more from these guidelines as we work together.


Durie, M. (2001). Mauri ora: The dynamics of Maori health. Oxford University Press.


Pākehā Treaty Action. (1997). Pākehā clinical psychology and the Treaty of Waitangi. In H. Love & W. Whittaker (Eds.), Practice issues for clinical and applied psychologists in New Zealand (pp. 147-157). New Zealand Psychological Society.

Te Marae Atea / The Domain of Space

Respect of personal boundaries 


Whakawhanaungatanga or making connections

Tangata Whenua / The Domain of Mind and Earth

Māori identity and whakapapa


Links to land


Pace session to allow culturally relevant process to take place


Māori notions of time may differ from European notions


Use of narrative / metaphor more applicable than direct approach


Use appropriate touch where relevant


Personal space boundaries may differ to non-Māori


Extra ‘space’ may be required in initial sessions


Attempt accurate pronunciation of name and other details

Ngā Tikanga / The Domain of Time

Respect of personal boundaries 


Prioritising and allowing sufficient time

Whaikōrero / Waiata / The Metaphorical Domain



Use of metaphor / narrative

Tapu / Noa / The Domain of Safety

Importance of kai / food / nourishment

Importance of pronunciation

subject matter

Māori process may be different to non-Māori


May be necessary to take advisory position, as opposed to a directive position


Spirituality is important for many people – ascertain applicability and pertinence


Tapu and noa may have relevance, so be prepared to respect related processes

Koha / The Domain of Reciprocity

Personal disclosure

Tauparapara / Karakia / The Domain of Interconnectedness

Connection to spiritual domain


Meaning derived from similarities

family background

Enquire about whakapapa


Talk about iwi, hapū and marae if possessing relevant knowledge (whakawhanaungatanga)


Talk about whānau and whether important they are involved

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