Helen Moewaka Barnes

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Helen Moewaka Barnes is Director of Whariki and Co-director of the SHORE and Whariki Research Centre. Te Ropu Whariki is a multi-disciplinary Māori research group undertaking policy and community research and evaluation on a variety of health and social topics. The kaupapa of the group is to provide high quality research, to tautoko Māori communities, to contribute to uplifting the health of our people, to work towards Māori development aspirations and to further the development of a Māori research workforce.

Helen has worked on research in many areas; more recently there has been a focus on relationships between the health of people and the health of environments, sexual coercion, alcohol and youth well-being and identity. Her work is both qualitative and quantitative and she is also involved in developing research within Māori paradigms. Under her leadership Whariki hosted the initial national hui from which MASS was developed and she has been a founding member of the Exec, co-host of the 2010 conference and a keynote speaker.