ANZEA Conference 2022
10 - 12 October 2022 | Te Papa, Wellington
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Dr. Amohia Boulton

Whakauae Research Services
Research Director
Whanganui, NZ
Dr Amohia Boulton (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga and Te Āti Awa o te Waka a Māui), is the Director of Whakauae Research Services Ltd, the only tribally owned and mandated health research centre in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Amohia also holds Adjunct Professor positions at both the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington and in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

A former policy analyst and Private Secretary to the Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Parekura Horomia, Amohia holds a PhD in Māori Studies from Massey University, Palmerston North as well as MA Appl (Soc Sci Res), BA(Hons) and BA degrees from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a former Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Māori Health Training Fellow; an HRC Erihapeti Rehu Murchie Postdoctoral Fellow; and an International Scholar in Indigenous Health through the Aboriginal Capacity and Development Research Environment (ACADRE) initiative. Following the completion of her postdoctoral studies, where she spent time as a Visiting Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada, Amohia left the university sector to work as a researcher at Whakauae Research Services Ltd where she became the Director in 2016.

Amohia is a kaupapa Māori health services researcher of some 20 years’ experience. Her research focuses on the relationship between, and contribution of, government policy to improving wellbeing outcomes for Māori. Under Amohia’s leadership, Whakauae has pursued a vision of “transforming Māori lives through excellent research” working with Whakauae’s tribal owners, university colleagues, and community partners to undertake excellent health policy and health services research that advances an equity agenda for Māori health. This vision has resulted most recently in a five-year, Health Research Council of New Zealand-funded programme of research entitled Kia Puawai ake ngā uri whakatupu: Flourishing future generations premised on the belief that Māori must develop and lead their own solutions if real system change is to be achieved.

Amohia is the 2021 recipient of the Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Te Tohu Rapuora Medal’s for leadership, excellence, and contribution to advancing Māori health knowledge. This year, Amohia was inducted as Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society; one of only three Indigenous people to be recognised in this manner.