Dr Sarah Herbert

BHSc MSc (1st Class Hons) PhD Massey University


Sarah (Ngati kahu ki Whangaroa) is a Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. She holds a Health science degree (Psychology), a Masters of Science (Health Psychology) and a PhD in Psychology from Massey University. Sarah has experience in primarily qualitative research in the broad field of Māori health including topics relating to alcohol, identity, youth sexual and reproductive health, ageing and health, and antenatal care. Sarah teaches Māori health within undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Research | Current

2019 - 2020 NI New Zealand Transport Agency research project - Mental Health and Transport - . Lead investigator: Prof. Alistair Woodward; Co-Investigators: Dr. Kirsty Wild, Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath; Research advisors: Prof. Shanthi Ameratunga, Dr. Caroline Shaw (UoO), and, Dr. Sunny Collings (UoO)

2019 - 2020 RF HRC [Emerging researcher] funded project - Māori experiences of antenatal care in Tāmaki Makaurau. Co-Researchers: Dr. Anneka Anderson (UoA), Dr. Esther Willing (UoO) & Elizabeth Strickett.

2019 NI Faculty Research Investment Grant, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology. Strengthening Tiriti relationships and anti-racism praxis in the health professions. Co -Researchers: Dr. Heather Came, Dr. Brian Rodgers, Dr. Maria Haenga-Collins (AUT); Prof. Tim McCreanor (Massey University).

2019 NI Community Action on Alcohol Partnership Fund 2019, Health Promotion Agency - Māori Communities & Licensing: Seeding Project. Co-Contributors: Mātua David Ratu, Papatuanuku Nahi (HPA), Hinewai Pomare (CMDHB).

2017-2018 RO; Youth sexual and reproductive health, Massey University. Primary Investigator: Dr. Tracy Morison   

2017 RA Health, Workforce and Retirement study, Massey University. Primary investigators: Prof. Christine Stephens, Prof. Fiona Alpass.

Teaching | Current

2020 - Course Director MAORIHTH 701 (Māori Health Foundations)

2020 - Co-Course Director MAORIHTH 701 (Māori Health Foundations)


2018 - Research Award for new and emerging academic in the School of Interprofessional Health at Auckland University of Technology

2017 - Massey University Dean’s Graduation Award

2017 - Massey University Conference Presentation Grant

2017 - Massey University Doctoral Research Dissemination Grant

2015-2017 - Pūrehuroa Postgraduate Award for Māori students, Massey University

2016 - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Doctoral Bridging Grant

2015-2017 - Pūrehuroa Professional Development Award, Massey University

2012 - Massey University Doctoral Scholarship

2011-2017 - Ministry of Health Hauora Māori postgraduate scholarship


Mar 2019 – Current: Co-Ordinator of the Tōmaiora New and Emerging Researcher Rōpū; Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, The University of Auckland

May 2019 – current: Member of the National Māori Alcohol Advisory Rōpū

Mar 2019 – Feb 2020: Member of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism

2014 - current: Member of Māori and Indigenous [MAI] doctoral network in Aotearoa

2011 - current: Member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology

Areas of expertise

Māori health, health equity, Māori alcohol use, public health, health policy, Te Tiriti O Waitangi,

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Jan 2020 – current:   Governance board member - Auckland Womens’ Centre

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Came, H. A., Herbert, S., & McCreanor, T. (2019). Representations of Maori in colonial health policy in Aotearoa from 2006-2016: a barrier to the pursuit of health equity. CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH10.1080/09581596.2019.1686461
  • Morison, T., & Herbert, S. (2019). Muted resistance: The deployment of youth voice in news coverage of young women's sexuality in Aotearoa New Zealand. FEMINISM & PSYCHOLOGY, 30 (1), 80-99. 10.1177/0959353519864376
  • Herbert, S., Stephens, C., & Forster, M. (2018). It’s all about Whanaungatanga: Alcohol use and older Māori in Aotearoa. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 117718011878538-117718011878538. 10.1177/1177180118785381
  • Herbert, S., Stephens, C., & Forster, M. (2018). Older Māori understandings of alcohol use in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The International journal on drug policy, 54, 123-129. 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.01.017
  • Herbert, S., Stephens, C., & Forster, M. (2017). Socially based trajectories of alcohol use among indigenous Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Critical Public Health, 1-10. 10.1080/09581596.2017.1378424
  • Herbert, S., & Stephens, C. (2015). Alcohol Use and Older Māori in Aotearoa. Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse, 14 (3), 251-269. 10.1080/15332640.2014.993786


Contact details

Primary office location

93 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 532
Level 3, Room 308
New Zealand

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