Professor Papaarangi Mary-Jane Reid

DipComH, BSc, MBChB, DipObst, FNZCPHM


Papaarangi is a member of Te Rarawa iwi in North Hokianga and since 2006 she has been Tumuaki (Deputy Dean – Māori) and Head of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. She is an alumnus of this university, graduating in science and medicine with post-graduate qualifications in obstetrics and community health. She is a specialist in public health medicine and a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. She was also awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Papaarangi is most noted for her long-standing work holding governments to account for inequities, especially in health outcomes for Māori and other Indigenous peoples.  She believes that equity for Indigenous citizens is a symbol of government commitment to Indigenous rights. She is committed to increasing the number of Māori and Pacific Island graduates in health professions and thereby changing the face of the New Zealand health workforce and improving the cultural safety of health services.

She has well over a hundred publications and is sought after internationally as a collaborator and commentator in Indigenous health and health equity. She is a member of the leadership team of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. She has been a member of WHO and UNICEF Commissions and been part of other international collaborations, committees and councils. She is an honorary Professor at The University of Melbourne. Her work has been recognised by a number of awards including being named Public Health Champion in 2007 by the New Zealand Public Health Association, two awards from Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, a leadership award from the LIME Network and awards for her early work in Māori tobacco control.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Jones, P. G., Kool, B., Dalziel, S., Shepherd, M., Le Fevre, J., Harper, A., ... Reid, P. (2017). Time to cranial computerised tomography for acute traumatic brain injury in paediatric patients: Effect of the shorter stays in emergency departments target in New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 53 (7), 685-690. 10.1111/jpc.13519
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Bridget Kool, Susan Wells, Shanthi Ameratunga, Peter Jones, Stuart Dalziel
  • Jones, P., Wells, S., Harper, A., Le Fevre, J., Stewart, J., Curtis, E., ... Ameratunga, S. (2017). Impact of a national time target for ED length of stay on patient outcomes. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1455), 15-34. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Susan Wells, Shanthi Ameratunga, Peter Jones
  • Jones, P., Le Fevre, J., Harper, A., Wells, S., Stewart, J., Curtis, E., ... Ameratunga, S. (2017). Effect of the Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments time target policy on key indicators of quality of care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1455), 35-44. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Susan Wells, Shanthi Ameratunga, Peter Jones
  • Wikaire, E., Curtis, E., Cormack, D., Jiang, Y., McMillan, L., Loto, R., & Reid, P. (2017). Predictors of academic success for Māori, Pacific and non-Māori non-Pacific students in health professional education: a quantitative analysis. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22 (2), 299-326. 10.1007/s10459-017-9763-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Donna Cormack, Yannan Jiang
  • Merry, A. F., Webster, C. S., Hannam, J., Mitchell, S. J., Henderson, R., Reid, P., ... Cooper, J. (2011). Multimodal system designed to reduce errors in recording and administration of drugs in anaesthesia: prospective randomised clinical evaluation. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 343 (sep22)10.1136/bmj.d5543
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Craig Webster, Simon Mitchell, Jacqueline Hannam, Alan Merry
  • Gander, P. H., Marshall, N. S., Harris, R., & Reid, P. (2005). The Epworth Sleepiness Scale: influence of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic deprivation. Epworth Sleepiness scores of adults in New Zealand. Sleep, 28 (2), 249-253.
  • Pomare, E., Keefe-Ormsby, V., Ormsby, C., Pearce, N., Reid, M. P., Robson, B., & Watene-Haydon, N. (1995). Hauora: Maori standards of health III: a study of the years 1970-1991. , 3 Wellington: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare/Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre 1995; Wellington School of Medicine. Related URL.

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