Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice

BA, BA(Hons), PhD(Auck)

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Senior Lecturer


I te taha o tōku whaea ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka

Ko Hokianga nui a Kupe te moana.

Ko ōku maunga karangaranga ko Rakautapu me Whiria.

Ko Te Rarawa, me Ngāpuhi te iwi

Ko Ngai Tupoto, Ngati Korokoro, Ngati Wharara, Te Pouka ngā hapū

No Motukaraka me Pakanae ngā marae.

I te taha o tōku matua he Pākehā, Devonport.

Born in Rawene, Hokianga, and raised in Northland and Auckland, I completed my undergraduate (BA, BAHons) and postgraduate education (PhD) at The University of Auckland.

I was appointed as a Research Officer at Te Roopu Whariki, Massey University in 2014, prior to my current appointment as a Lecturer, in 2015. 

Research | Current

  • Indigenous Psychology
  • Indigenous Feminism
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health

My research approach situates mātauranga Māori, the diversity of Māori culture and identity, and the lived experiences of Māori people as legitimate within our local psychology context. It also involves interfacing with key stakeholders and agents of change to maximise opportunities for praxis, social and institutional change.

One branch of my research programme applies this approach to the context of reproductive decision making, reproductive justice and inter-related domains of abortion, sexuality education, contraception, reproductive health, and maternity. Through this work I have also explored the importance of developing feminism that is historically congruent, and locally derived, to produce decolonizing psychological knowledge.

A second branch attends to the social and cultural conditions within which rangatahi Māori develop identities, navigate a colonial context, and create agentic pathways. This extends to decolonising sociocultural contexts of meaning making, understanding supportive relational contexts of whanaungatanga, attending to the development of Māori gendered sexual subjectivities, and Māori identities in the context of state care.

Teaching | Current

I contribute to:

  • PSYCH 108: lectures on: Māori psychology
  • PSYCH 320: lectures on: Culture, identity, politics, and knowledge
  • PSYCH 319: lectures on: Reproduction and Māori women's knowledges

Postgraduate supervision

Current students


  • Nicola Harrison - Māori and familial child sexual abuse
  • Ashlea Gillon - Māori women and body sovereignty
  • Sierra Tane - Rangatahi, whanaungatanga & resilience
  • Logan Hamley - Rangtahi tāne Māori in the city


  • Larissa Renfrew - Rangatahi & whanaungatanga in diverse contexts
  • Davina Mossman - Rangatahi, whanaungatanga & aspiration

Completed supervision


  • Fern Smith - Taitamariki Māori becoming sexual beings
  • Morgan Tupaea - Mātauranga Māori and taitamariki atawhai
  • Cinnamon Lindsay Latimer - Māori mothers at University


  • Grace Jessup - Māori men and sexual violence prevention
  • Fern Smith - Taitamariki Māori in state care & identity
  • Wern Tje Lim - Spirituality and Māori sexual violence prevention
  • Morgan Tupaea - Taitamariki Māori in state care & culture
  • Shauney Thompson - Cook Island understandings of gender & sexuality
  • Sophie Stanford - Possibilities for Pākehā solidarity with Māori on Waitangi day
  • Cinnamon Latimer - Representations of rangatahi wāhine Māori in print media

Summer studentships

  • Te Maringi Marsh - Rangatahi Māori, whanaungatanga & wellbeing
  • Daphne Field - Tauiwi, solidarity & Māori sexual violence prevention
  • Maddison Freestone - Stoking the fires for Māori and Pasifika Psychology Student Success
  • Aliesha Thomson-Baker - Stoking the fires for Māori and Pasifika Psychology Student Success
  • Danielle Waiari - Stoking the fires for Māori and Pasifika Psychology Student Success
  • Shauney Thompson - Pacific mental health services (funded by Le Va)
  • Josie Butcher - Māori & Pacific initiatives (self funded)
  • Fern Smith - Cultural needs of taitamariki Māori in state care
  • Jessee Fia’ali’I - Pacific psychology bibliography
  • Julia Hyde - Māori psychology bibliography


Marsden Fast Start (2019-2021) alongside PI Tracy Morison, and fellow AI Catriona Macleod to the value of $300,000 to research access and agency in Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) programming:
Developing a reproductive justice framework for Aotearoa New Zealand

Health Research Council Rangahau Hauora Award (2017-2020) alongside PI Terryann Clark, and fellow AIs Sonya Lewyka, Matt Shepherd, Shiloh Groot to the value of $1,198,178, to research associations between whānaungatanga, health care access and rangatahi wellbeing.

Health Research Council Erihapeti Rehu Murchie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2020) to the value of $365,885, to research Māori reccomendations for sexual violence prevention with Ngati Korokoro, Te Pouka, and Ngati Wharara at Pakanae marae.

Auckland Medical Aid Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018) to the value of $30,000, to publish and disseminate literature from my PhD work on mātauranga and tikanga Māori pertaining to reproduction.


  • 2017-onwards: Critical Theory network

  • 2016-onwards: Gender Studies network

  • 2015-onwards: Māori and Pacific Psychology Committee

  • 2006-onwards: Psychology & Social Issues Group

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2019-onwards: Paetakawaenga o Ngā Kaitiaki Mauri, Te Ohaakii a Hine - National Network Ending Sexual Violence Together

2018-onwards: Editorial board of MAI Journal

2018-onwards: Member of He Paiaka Totara

2016-onwards: Member of Māori Association of Social Sciences

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Parker, G., Pause, C., & Le Grice, J. (2019). "You’re just another friggin’ number to add to the problem”: Constructing the racialized (m)other in contemporary discourses of pregnancy fatness. In M. Friedman, C. Rice, J. Rinaldi (Eds.) Thickening Fat: Fat bodies, Intersectionality & Social Justice (pp. ). New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9780429507540-9
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47721
  • Clark, T. C., Le Grice, J., Moselen, E., Fleming, T., Crengle, S., Tiatia-Seath, J., & Lewycka, S. (2018). Health and wellbeing of Māori secondary school students in New Zealand: Trends between 2001, 2007 and 2012. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 42 (6), 553-561. 10.1111/1753-6405.12839
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark, Theresa Fleming, Jemaima Tiatia
  • Le Grice, J. S. (2018). Moemoeā: Māori Counselling Journeys [Book Review]. Kōtuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 14 (1), 198-200. 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1538054
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45416
  • Le Grice, J. S. (2018). Speaking through layers of silence: Māori perspectives on abortion& insights for service provision. Paper presented at He Paiaka Totara: Māori Psychologists Wānanga: Ko te Kai a te Rangatira: He Korero! 2018, Te Koopu Mānia Marae, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Knowles, A., Le Grice, J. S., Jacobs, N., Jacobs, T., & Downs, J. (2018). Abortion in Aotearoa - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Paper presented at He Toa Takitini: Strength in Diversity National Council of Women Conference 2018, Waipuna Lodge, Auckland.
  • Le Grice, J. S. (2018). Indigenous (Māori) sexual and reproductive rights in New Zealand: attending to cultural complexity and advocating responsive practice in abortion services. Paper presented at Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 8 July - 12 July 2018. Related URL.
  • Le Grice, J. S. (2018). Exotic dancing and relationship violence: Exploring Indigeneity, gender and agency. Culture, Health and Sexuality, 20 (4), 367-380. 10.1080/13691058.2017.1347962
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40489
  • Le Grice, J., & Braun, V. (2018). Indigenous (Māori) sexual health psychologies in New Zealand: Delivering culturally congruent sexuality education. Journal of Health Psychology, 23 (2), 175-187. 10.1177/1359105317739909
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42384
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Virginia Braun


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SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 2, Room 230
New Zealand

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