September 08, 2015
View of heaven earns earthly reward
Research into Maori beliefs about death and the afterlife has earned Massey University psychology lecturer a prestigious award from the New Zealand Psychological Society.
The GV Goddard Award is for early career research and scholarship.
Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua primary research on cultural psychology includes the application of psychological principles to indigenous peoples, indigenous ethics, and kaupapa Maori psychology.
That led to work on near-death studies, including writing on how universal declarations or codes of ethics can undermine efforts to be culturally sensitive.
The society granted this year’s Karahipi Tumuaki president’s scholarship for Maori-centred research to Stacey Mariu Ruru.
The University of Waikato fifth year student plans to research Maori womens’ perspectives of leadership and wellbeing, and to identify Maori practices and values that Maori women implement within their leadership roles that could be useful for others.
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