Dr Margaret Rosemary Nelson Agee

PhD, MA, BA, DipGuid, DipTchg, MNZAC


Previous professional experience

  • Teacher, Auckland Girls' Grammar School
  • Counsellor and HoD Guidance, Aorere College
  • Private counselling practice
  • Counsellor, Manukau Polytechnic

Research | Current

  • Loss and grief, particularly suicide bereavement
  • Complex cultural heritages, including the experiences of Pasifika people who are Afakasi
  • Culture and mental health
  • Areas associated with counselling practice and counsellor education, including professional ethics and supervision.

Methodologies are primarily qualitative, but also include quantitative in mixed method designs.

Teaching | Current

My major teaching area is counsellor education, including cross-cultural issues, professional ethics, counselling supervision, and counselling, guidance and pastoral care in schools. Related areas of interest include contemporary theories and research in loss and grief, and suicide prevention, intervention and bereavement.


  • Programme Head: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory, Master of Counselling

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional memberships:

  • NZ Association of Counsellors
  • American Counseling Association
  • National Association for Loss and Grief (NZ)
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling
  • American Association of Suicidology
  • Member (by invitation) of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement


  • NZAC Ethics Committee
  • NALAG (Auckland) Committee
  • NZAC (Auckland) Professional Development Committee
  • Manukau Institute of Technology Diploma in Counselling Advisory Committee
  • Faculty of Education Postgraduate Programmes Board
  • Formerly member of Contact Network and mentor for Women in Leadership Programme

In collaboration with staff of Netsafe and Safe, since 2003 Margaret has been involved in the development and facilitation of professional development workshops for counsellors and other helping professionals on emerging relational and safety issues associated with cybertechnology.


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Agee, M., McIntosh, T. K., Culbertson, P., & 'Ofa Makasiale C (Eds.) (2013). Pacific Identities and Well-being: Cross-cultural Perspectives. New York: Routledge. 10.4324/9780203113578
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tracey McIntosh
  • Crocket, K., Agee, M., & Cornforth, S. (Eds.) (2011). Ethics in Practice: A Guide for Counsellors (1st). Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore Publishing. Pages: 290.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17255
  • Agee, M. N. (2010). A New Zealand perspective on suicide bereavement. In J. R. Jordan, J. L. McIntosh (Eds.) Grief after suicide: Understanding the consequences and caring for the survivors (pp. 487-494). New York: Routledge.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17290
  • Chetty, M., & Agee, M. (2009). Childhood exposure to domestic violence: Reflections of young immigrants of Indian origin. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 29 (1), 36-53.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10323
  • Agee, M., & Dickinson, P. M. (2008). It's not an "either/ or": Pastoral care and academic achievement in secondary schools. In C. M. Rubie-Davies, C. Rawlinson (Eds.) Challenging thinking about teaching and learning (pp. 357-370). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Penny, R. L., Epston, D., & Agee, M. (2008). A history of Marriage Guidance in New Zealand: A personal reflection. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 28 (2), 1-9.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10322
  • Culbertson, P., & Agee, M. (2007). "What's So ‘Identity’ About That Word?" Pasifika Men's Experience of Being 'Afakasi. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 27 (2), 77-95.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10321
  • Culbertson, P., Agee, M. N., & Makasiale, C. O. (Eds.) (2007). Penina uliuli: Contemporary challenges in mental health for Pacific peoples (1st). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press. Pages: 282.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17280


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 507
New Zealand

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