Dr Jade Sophia Le Grice

BA, BA(Hons), PhD(Auck)

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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

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, and consider institutionally responsive strategies.

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 (2020)

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


  • Fern Smith - Taitamariki Māori becoming sexual beings
  • Morgan Tupaea - Mātauranga Māori and taitamariki atawhai


  • Grace Jessop - Māori men and sexual violence prevention

Completed supervision


  • Cinnamon Lindsay Latimer - Māori mothers at University


  • 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

  • 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: Member of Critical Theory network, The University of Auckland

  • 2016-onwards: Member of Gender Studies network, The University of Auckland

  • 2015-onwards: Co-chair Māori and Pacific Psychology Committee, The University of Auckland

  • 2015/2016/2019 Facilitator of Māori and Pasifika psychology research supervision clinic

  • 2008-onwards: Member of Māori and Pacific Psychology Research Group (co-ordinator, 2012; academic support from 2015)

  • 2006-onwards: Member of Psychology and Social Issues Group, prior name Gender and Critical Psychology Group

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2018-onwards: MAI Journal editorial board

2018-onwards: Board member of Thrive Teen Parents Support Trust, New Zealand

2017: Māori consultant on Abortion Supervisory Committee revision of Standards of Care for Women Requesting an Induced Abortion in New Zealand, Ministry of Justice

2016-onwards: Executive member of Māori Association of Social Sciences

2015-onwards: Member of National Standing Committee on Bicultural Issues (NSCBI), New Zealand Psychological Society

2015-onwards: Member Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategic Reference Group, Ministry of Health

2014-2016: Board member of Women’s Health Action, New Zealand

2011-2012: Member of Te Puawaitanga, Te Roopu Wāhine Māori (The Māori Women’s Welfare League), Aotearoa

2008: Youth advisor, Māori Health Gain Advisory Committee, Waitemata District Health Board, New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark, Theresa Fleming, Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Sonia Lewycka
  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45235
  • 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., & 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
  • Groot, S., Le Grice, J., & Nikora, L. W. (2018). Indigenous Psychology in New Zealand. In W. W. Li, D. Hodgetts, H. F. Koong (Eds.) Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology (pp. 198-217). New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9781315158358-11
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44713
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Linda Waimarie Nikora, Shiloh Groot
  • Knowles, A., Stone, P., Le Grice, J. S., Parker, G., Ross, S., Wise, M., ... Syngrove, C. (2018). Standards of Care for Women Requesting Abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand: Report of a Standards Committee to the Abortion Supervisory Committee. Ministry of Justice. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44900
  • Le Grice, J. S., Braun, V., & Wetherell, M. (2017). “What I reckon is, is that like the love you give to your kids they’ll give to someone else and so on and so on”: Whanaungatanga and mātauranga Māori in practice. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46 (3), 88-97.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40243
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Virginia Braun, Margaret Wetherell


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SCIENCE CENTRE 301 - Bldg 301
Level 2, Room 217A
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