Dr Matire Louise Ngarongoa Harwood

MBChB Auckland, PhD Otago

Research | Current

Programme Grants (4):

  1. ACCESS to achieve equity in CVD outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples. Awarded 2019 by Heart Foundation and NSC Healthier Lives. Co-Director. 
  2. VIEW 2020 (CVD risk assessment and management).  Awarded in 2016 by HRC, funded $5M for five years.  Co-Director.
  3. SMART regimen for mild to moderate asthma. Awarded in 2015 by HRC, funded $5M for five years.  Named investigator.   .
  4. NSC Healthier Lives. MBIE funded $10M for 10 years.  Member of the team since 2015.

Project Grants (14):

  1. Principal Investigator for three HRC project grants. Total value approximately $4.25M.
  2. Named Investigator for 11 HRC projects grants.  Total value $12M.

Fellowships and small grants (7):

  1. L’Oreal UNESCO FWIS Fellowship.  Total $25k.  Sole applicant.
  2. Seeding grants (2).  Total $100k.  Lead investigator for one, named investigator for one.
  3. Feasibility grants (1).  Total $130k.  Named investigator.
  4. NGO Grants (3).  Total $345k.  Lead investigator for Barabara Basham grant ($170k); named investigator for NHF and NDSA grants.

Career Development Awards (6):

  1. Awarded an HRC Clinical Fellowship to complete PhD in Medicine.  Total value $150,000.
  2. Named supervisor on five HRC funded Career Development Awards.


Teaching | Current


  • MBChCB Year 4 - General Practice


  • MBChB Years 4 and 5 - General Practice
  • MBChB Year 5 - Public Health Intensive

Prior Teaching

  • Course Coordinator MBChB Year 4 – Hauora Māori Domain 2012-2019

Other Teaching Contributions:

  • Māori Health Intensive - Year 2 MBChB, Nursing, Pharmacy, Optometry
  • MBChB Year 5 - Hauora Māori Domain and Paediatrics

Guest Lectures

  • Māori Health 301, 701, 709, 710
  • Population Health 210, 704
  • Public Health Intensive – MBChB Year 5
  • Māori Clinical Leadership and Governance, Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō
  • Speech Science 736
  • CME and CNE Sessions Asthma, Quality Improvement, Stroke

Postgraduate supervision

Student Name



Supervisory Role

Dr Karen Brewer

Postdoc (Hauora Māori)

2015 – 2019


Dr Jennifier Reid

Postdoc (Hauora Māori)

2016 - 2018


Karen Brewer

PhD (Speech Science)

2011 - 2014

Co Supervisor

Moana Tane

PhD (Public Health)

2012 - 2020

Co Supervisor

Dr Sandra Hotu

PhD (Respiratory Medicine)

2015 – (2020)

Co Supervisor

Erena Wikaire

PhD (Hauora Māori)

2016 – 2020


Dr JL Rahiri

PhD (Surgery)

2016 – 2020

Co Supervisor

Dr Kyle Eggleton

PhD (Hauora Māori)

2016 – (2020)


Leanne Te Karu

PhD (General Practice)

2016 – (2022)

Co Supervisor

Rochelle Newport




Julie Winters


2019 -


Tania Mullane

PhD (Māori Health)

2018 -

Co Supervisor

Jaymie Rogers

PhD (Optometry)

2020 -

Co Supervisor

Ainsleigh Laumatia

Masters (Surgery)

2019 -

Co Supervisor

Aimee Wallace

Masters (Health Leadership)

2020 -


Stephen Yoo

Masters (Health Leadership)

2018 – (2019)


Rachel Tapera

Masters (Public Health)

2013 - 2014


Lorraine Hetaraka-Stevens

Masters (Nursing)

2016 - 2018


Hannah Burgess

Honours (BHSc)

2014 - 2014

Co Supervisor

Julie Winter

Honours (BHSc)

2015 - 2015


James Enright

Summer student

2015 - 2016


Hazel Wilks

Summer student

2015 - 2016


Selwyn Te Paa

Summer student





2019    Te Tohu Rapuora, Leadership and contribution to Māori health research, Health Research Council and Royal Society

2019    Excellence in Equity, Health Excellence Awards, Waitematā DHB

2018    Māori Leaders, Te Rau Matatini

2018    Matariki Award, Tūhono for Improving Māori Health, Mana Tū, ADHB

2018    Best presentation – Health Services section, Ko Awatea Research Week

2018    Finalist, Matariki Awards – Health and Science Category, Māori Television

2018    Exceptional Doctors, MedRecruit Series

2017    Marire Goodall Award, Te Ohu Rata a Aotearoa Māori Medical Practitioners

2017    Te Tohu Hautoa – Courageous Leadership Award, National Hauora Coalition

2017    L’Oréal UNESCO New Zealand For Women In Science Fellowship

2017    23 Fabulous People of 2017, The Changemaker Award, NZ Herald

2016    Finalist UoA/HRC 25th Anniversary Emerging Researcher Award

2008    Hauora Māori Fellowship, Ministry of Health

2006    John McLeod Award, Hauora Māori Scholarships, Ministry of Health

2006    Excellence in Postgraduate Study Hauora Māori Scholarships, Ministry Health

2001    Clinical Research Fellowship, Health Research Council

2000    Roy Watling Prestigious Scholarship, Māori Education Foundation

Areas of expertise

Kaupapa Māori research

Clinical trials

Primary health care

Long term conditions - heart disease, stroke, asthma, diabetes

Committees/Professional groups/Services


2017 -               Masters Health Leadership Advisory Group

2017 -               Disability Working Group, FMHS

2015, 2016        TKHM representative FMHS Strategic Planning

2015                 Acting HoD, TKHM

2012 – 2019      Director Tōmaiora Research Group, TKHM, FMHS

2012 - 2019      Member Clinical Scenarios Steering Committee, FMHS

2012 – 2018      Member MAPAS Admissions Panel


2020 -               COVID-19 TAG Governance Group, Ministry of Health

                        COVID-19 TAG – Primary Care, Ministry of Health

                        Urutā National Māori Pandemic Group Member

                        CVDRAM Expert Advisory Group, Ministry of Health

2019 -               ACC HSS Clinical Advisory Group

2018                 PBRF Assessment Panel - Health (TEC appointment)

2018 -               Expert Advisory and Steering Group for New Zealand Health Strategy (MoH appointment)

2017 -               Board Member, Medical Research Institute New Zealand

2017 – 2019      Deputy Chair Disability Advisory Committee and member CPHAC A and WDHBs

2016 – 2019      Board Member Waitematā DHB (Ministerial appointment)

2009 - 2016       Board member Health Research Council (Ministerial appointment)

2016 -               Board member, Asthma Respiratory Foundation NZ

2009 – 2016      Member Health Research Council Māori Health Committee

2014 – 2016      Elected Kohimarama School Board of Trustees (Parent Rep)

2013 – 2015      Clinical Champion for the National Health Targets in Smoking Cessation for Counties Manukau DHB

2013                 Member Assessment Panel Te Ao Auahatanga, Ministry of Health (Ministerial appointment)

2011 – 2019      Co-opted Member Māori Health Gain Advisory Committee, Auckland/Waitemata DHBs.

2009 – 2011      Chair Whānau Ora Clinical Governance Group, National Māori PHO Coalition

2008 – 2011      Member Primary Care Clinical Reference Group, ADHB

2008 – 2010      Member Nga Kaitiakai Group - Cervical Cancer Screening (Ministerial appointment)

2008 – 2010      Board Member, Deputy Chair, Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Doctors)

2007 – 2009      External Māori Reference Group ACC.

2007 – 2008      Member External Advisory Group for ‘Quality Improvement Plan’ Ministry of Health

2006 – 2010      Board Member Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

2004 – 2009      Member Nga Kaihautu Tikanga Taiao, ERMA New Zealand (Ministerial appointment)

2004 – 2008      Member Central Region Ethics Committee (Ministerial appointment)

2003 – 2008      Member Māori Health Assessing Committee, Health Research Council

2001 – 2006      Executive Member of Te Ohu Rata Aotearoa (2001-2002; 2004 – 2006)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Wyeth, E. H., Samaranayaka, A., Lambert, M., Tapsell, M., Anselm, D., Ellison, P., ... Derrett, S. (2019). Understanding longer-term disability outcomes for Māori and non-Māori after hospitalisation for injury: results from a longitudinal cohort study. Public health, 176, 118-127. 10.1016/j.puhe.2018.08.014
  • Selak, V., Webster, R., Stepien, S., Bullen, C., Patel, A., Thom, S., ... Crengle, S. (2019). Reaching cardiovascular prevention guideline targets with a polypill-based approach: a meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. Heart (British Cardiac Society), 105 (1), 42-48. 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313108
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Raina Elley, Chris Bullen, Bruce Arroll
  • Harwood, M., Tane, T., Broome, L., Carswell, P., Selak, V., Reid, J., ... Stewart, T. (2018). Mana Tū: a whānau ora approach to type 2 diabetes. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131 (1485), 76-83. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Peter Carswell
  • Rahiri, J.-L., Alexander, Z., Harwood, M., Koea, J., & Hill, A. G. (2018). Systematic review of disparities in surgical care for Māori in New Zealand. ANZ journal of surgery, 88 (7-8), 683-689. 10.1111/ans.14310
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jamie-Lee Rahiri, Andrew Hill
  • Sezier, A., Mudge, S., Kayes, N., Kersten, P., Payne, D., Harwood, M., ... McPherson, K. M. (2018). Development of a toolkit to enhance care processes for people with a long-term neurological condition: a qualitative descriptive study. BMJ open, 8 (6)10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022038
  • Selak, V., Kerr, A., Poppe, K., Wu, B., Harwood, M., Grey, C., ... Wells, S. (2018). Annual Risk of Major Bleeding Among Persons Without Cardiovascular Disease Not Receiving Antiplatelet Therapy. JAMA, 319 (24), 2507-2520. 10.1001/jama.2018.8194
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe, Susan Wells, Rod Jackson
  • Pylypchuk, R., Wells, S., Kerr, A., Poppe, K., Riddell, T., Harwood, M., ... Wu, B. P. (2018). Cardiovascular disease risk prediction equations in 400 000 primary care patients in New Zealand: a derivation and validation study. Lancet (London, England), 391 (10133), 1897-1907. 10.1016/s0140-6736(18)30664-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Romana Pylypchuk, Katrina Poppe, Daniel Exeter, Jeff Harrison, Roger Marshall, Rod Jackson, Patricia Metcalf, Suneela Mehta, Susan Wells, Jim Warren
  • Rahiri, J.-L., Lauti, M., Harwood, M., MacCormick, A. D., & Hill, A. G. (2018). Ethnic disparities in rates of publicly funded bariatric surgery in New Zealand (2009-2014). ANZ Journal of Surgery, 88 (5), 366-369. 10.1111/ans.14220
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew MacCormick, Jamie-Lee Rahiri, Andrew Hill

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