Dr Heather Came

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: 64+ 9 921 9999 Ext 7799

Email: heather.came@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room MB214,
AUT University
South Campus
640 Great South Road
Manukau, Auckland 2025
New Zealand

Postal Address:
Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research
School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies (Mail Code MB2)
AUT University, North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

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PhD (Waikato), PGD Social Enterprise (Dist) (Waikato), MA (Hons) Canterbury, Cert HP (Otago), Cert TertT (AUT) 

Memberships and Affiliations:

Founding member SistaNerds
Co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism
Member Auckland Branch Public Health Association
Health Promotion Forum Fellow
Core member Tāmaki Tiriti Workers
Golden Key International Honour Society Member


Heather is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander who grew up on Ngātiwai land. She has worked for nearly 25 years in health promotion and public health and has a long involvement in social justice activism. She is an activist scholar and her doctorate was on institutional racism within the public health sector. Heather has worked as a grassroots practitioner, in a national workforce development role, in public health management, strategic planning and in Māori health.

Teaching Areas:

Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Māori health practice

Research Areas:

Heather’s primary research interests relate to the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, anti-racism praxis, institutional racism and critical public health. She also has an interest in health policy, health activism and systems change theory. She is a qualitative researcher, working within a critical paradigm who utilises activist scholarship, critical race theory, and engages with the Te Ara Tika ethical framework. Her research frequently involves collaboration with members of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.

Heather is keen to supervise students broadly in the field of critical public, Māori health and activist translational research. Historically her research and praxis focussed on sexuality politics and queer theory, she has worked in eclectic areas of health promotion including mental health promotion, youth and community development and public health workforce development and women's health.

Research Projects

Current Research Projects:

Regulated Health Practitioners’ Readiness to Deliver Culturally Competent Health Services

Despite the legislated requirement for the regulated health practitioners to demonstrate cultural competence health inequities continue to exist for Māori.This study aims to review the current cultural competence measures that exist for the various regulated professions and critically analyse their efficacy in measuring the demonstration of cultural competence and the processes used to do so. Analysis will be informed by a Mahi a rōpū process. With Denise Wilson.

Pacific and Māori voice in New Zealand health policy
This study explores to what extent Māori and Pacific people have voice in the development of health policy in New Zealand. Data was collected via a document review of health policy from 2006-2016 looking at citations of Māori and Pacific academics and representation of Māori and Pacific people on advisory and/or steering groups. It also involved key informant interviews with Māori and Pacific health sector staff who have experience on DHB and or Ministry of Health steering and/or advisory groups. With Jonathan Fay.

Application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi within Health Promotion Practice
Nearly twenty years since the development of treaty based practice guidelines for the health promotion sector (TUHA-NZ) this study examines how senior health promotion practitioners apply Te Tiriti o Waitangi within their practice. Qualitative data was collected via in-depth interviews with a cohort of senior Māori, Pacific, Pākehā and Asian practitioners. The questions focussing on success stories of working with Te Tiriti and application in relation to the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. With Claire Doole.

Benchmarking Crown Public Health Funding and Contracting Practices
Instigated in 2010 this longitudinal study, (every 5 years) is tracking racism/equity in public health providers’ experiences of their public health funders. Through a nationwide telephone survey, the qualitative and quantitative data from primary health organisations, public health units, non-governmental organisation and Māori and Pacific health providers is gathered. The study focuses on the domains of relationships, contracting and funding and service delivery to Māori. With Claire Doole.

Institutional racism and the dynamics of privilege in public health
Using activist scholarship and working with a Māori research whānau this study looked at how institutional racism manifests within Crown health policy making, contracting and funding practices. Data was sourced using an historical policy review, collaborative story telling with senior Māori public health leaders, a desktop review of contemporary Crown policy and procurement documents, a quantitative analysis of Crown investment in public health, a nationwide study of public health providers, and a semi-structured interview with a senior Crown official. The study identified distinct ten sites of racism and strategies to disrupt those sites.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Came, H., Cornes, R., & McCreanor, T. (2018). Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand public health policy 2006-2016 New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1469), 32-27.

Berghan, G, Came, H, Coupe, N, Doole, C, Fay, J, McCreanor, T & Simpson, T. (2017) Tiriti-based practice in health promotion. Auckland, New Zealand: STIR. https://trc.org.nz/sites/trc.org.nz/files/ToW-practice-in-HP.pdf

Came, H, and Griffith, D. (2017). Tackling racism as a wicked public health problem: Enabling allies in anti-racism praxis. Social Science and Medicine doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.028

Came, H., Doole, C, McKenna, B and McCreanor, T. (2017). Racism in public health contracting processes in New Zealand: Findings of a nationwide survey. Social Science and Medicine doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.06.002

Came, H., & Tudor, K. (2017). Unravelling the Whāriki of Crown Māori health infrastructure. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1458), 42.

Came, H, Humphries, M & Sessa, M. (2017) Embracing a Pākehā cronehood: Storying self, society, and the common good.Self and Society 45(2), 195-204. doi:10.1080/03060497.2017.1335008

Came, H, McCreanor, T, Doole, C, and Rawson, E. (2016) The New Zealand health strategy: Whither health equity?. New Zealand Medical Journal. 129(1447), 72-76.

Came, H, McCreanor, T & Simpson, T. (2016). Utilising health activism to remove barriers to indigenous health in Aotearoa New Zealand. Critical Public Health. Doi: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1239816

Came, H., McCreanor, T., Doole, C., Simpson, T. (2016) Realising the rhetoric: Refreshing public health providers' efforts to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ethnicity and Health. Doi: 10.1080/13557858.2016.1196651

Came, H and Tudor, K. (2016). Bicultural Praxis: The relevance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for international health promotion. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. Doi: 10.1080/14635240.2016.1156009.

Came, H and McCreanor, T. (2015). Pathways to transform institutional (and everyday) racism in New Zealand. Sites: Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 12(2), 24-48. doi:10.11157/sites-vol12isss2id290

Came, H, Humphries, M & MacDonald, J. (2015). Advocating for activist scholarship in New Zealand and beyond. Contention: The multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest. 3(1). 37-53.

Came, H and Humphries, M. (2014). Mopping up institutional racism: Activism on a napkin. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 54 (19), 95-108, doi: 10.9774/GLEAF.4700.2014.ju.00009.(Paper used as a course hand-out - University of Southern Queensland, 1 citation).

Came, H. (2014). Sites of institutional racism in public health policymaking in New Zealand. Social Science and Medicine, 106, 214-220, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.01.055

Came, H. (2013). Doing research in Aotearoa: A Pākehā exemplar of applying Te Ara Tika ethical framework, Kotuitui.New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences, 8(1-2), 64-73. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2013.841265

Came, H. (2013). ‘A fair go for all’: A problematic contribution to anti-racism praxis in Aotearoa in R. Scherman & C. Krägloh (Eds.), Walking the talk: The 2012 collection of oral presentations from the AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Came, H. (2013). Beginning to address institutional racism within the public health sector: Insights from a provider survey. Keeping Up to Date: 38, pp 1-4.

Came, H. (2011). Transforming institutional racism in healthcare management in Aotearoa. In Proceedings of Australia New Zealand Academy of Management 25th Anniversary Conference. Wellington. New Zealand

Came, H and da Silva, S. (2011). Building political competencies for the transformation of racism in Aotearoa. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Science, vol 6(1-2), 113-123. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2011.615332

Came, H. (1994). Bi-phobia – A feminist challenge. Broadsheet, (202) Winter, 16-17.

Came, H. (1991). Towards a free and loose bisexual future in Race Gender Class, 11(12), 70-74.

Other Publications

Azarmandi, M., Berghan, G., Came, H., Cenery, C., Goza, T., Mikahere-Hall, A, Hickey, H, Manson, L, McCreanor, T, Nairn, R, Wilson, D. (2018). Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights shadow report: Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.

Morice, M. P., Woodard, W., & Came, H. (2017). Māori psychotherapy and the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act 2003. In K. Tudor (Ed.), Pluralism in psychotherapy: Critical reflections from a post-regulation landscape (Revised and extended edition of The turning tide, pp. 123–134). Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand: Resource Books.

Berghan, G, Came, H, Cameron, K, Chenery, C, Goza, T, Hall, A, Hickey, H, Hofmans, N, Houkamau, C Manson, L, McCreanor, T, McKenna, B, Nairn, R, Sykes, A, Warbrick, I. Wilson, D. (2017). Shadow report for Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. STIR. Auckland, New Zealand.

Came, H & Zander, A. (Eds.) (2015) State of the Pākehā Nation: Waitangi Day Speeches and Essays. Whangarei, New Zealand: Network Waitangi Whangarei.

Came, H., Zander, A., & Doole, C. (2014). Connecting communities, policy and science: Proceedings of New Zealand Population Health Congress 2014. Auckland, New Zealand: Public Health Association, Health Promotion Forum and New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

Came, H., & Ramsbotham, J. (2014). Health promotion. In V. Wright-St Clair, D. Reid, S. Shaw, & J. Ramsbotham (Eds.), Evidence-based health practice (pp. 371-386). Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Came, H., & Zander, A. (Eds). (2013). Proceedings of the 2013 Public Health Association Conference. Auckland, New Zealand: Public Health Association.

Came, H., Doole, C., Simpson, T., & Coupe, N. (2013). Initial thoughts: Building a social movement to transform institutional racism. In A. Zander, & H. Came (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2013 Public Health Association Conference: Partnership or collaboration; is there a difference? (pp. 62-67). Auckland, New Zealand: Public Health Association.

Came, H. (2012). The way forward: Reconfiguring the AUT health promotion undergraduate degree [Review Report]. AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Selected Conferences and Invited Presentations

Came, H and Berghan, G. (7 Dec 2017). Mobilising activist scholars to end racism (Keynote address). 3rd International Higher Education Curriculum Design & Academic Leadership Symposia, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Came, H. (1 Nov 2017). A plotted critical review of efforts to transform institutional racism in Aotearoa (Keynote address). 50th Anniversary Black Power, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Came, H. (31 Oct  2017). Stopping institutional racism in a settler colonial setting: Lessons from Aotearoa New Zealand.  (Invited presentation). North Richmond Community Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Came, H and McNabb, S. (14 July 2017). Eliminating institutional racism in the public sector. (Invited workshop). CTU Women’s Conference: Wellington, New Zealand.

Came, H. (13 July 2017). Refreshing anti-racism praxis (Invited presentation). Tertiary Education Union: Wellington, New Zealand.

Came, H. (5 July 2017). Eliminating institutional racism (Invited presentation). PRISM, Auckland, New Zealand.

Came, H and Hickey, H (13 June 2017). Indigenous rights and engaging with anti-racism. (Invited presentation).  Human Rights Commission: Auckland, New Zealand.

Came. H. (8 June 2017). Racism, quality and systems change. (Invited presentation). Quality, Health and Safety Commission. Wellington, New Zealand.

Came, H. (5th May 2017). Tackling institutional racism: Enabling allies in anti-racism praxis (Keynote address). Indigenous Diversity Forum, Wellington, New Zealand.

Came, H, Griffith, D and Paradies, Y. (4 April 2017). Three faces of racism: Addressing racism as a social determinant of health in three countries (Panel presentation) 15th World Congress of Public Health: Melbourne, Australia.

Came, H. (26 Nov 2016). Rupture, repair and restore: The place of decolonisation (Keynote address). NZ Transactional Analysis Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Came, H. (25 Oct 2016). Stopping institutional racism in New Zealand: Tools, strategies and implications for improving health (Invited workshop). Vanderbilt University: Nashville, United States.

Came, H and Berghan, G. (13 Sept 2016). STIR: Stop Institutional Racism: Planning to end racism (Keynote address). STIR Symposium, Te Mahurehure Marae, Auckland New Zealand.

Came, H. (14 April 2016). Health activism: An imperative for public health. (Invited plenary address) NZNO Regional Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: NZNO.

Came, H. (16 September 2015). Health promotion, nursing and the pursuit of equity, (Plenary address) NZNO Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Doole, C and Came, H. (14 September 2015) Reflecting and developing bicultural praxis in Aotearoa. 6th Asian-Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Came, H and Tudor, K. (22 June 2015). Health Promoting Universities: A Moemoeā from Aotearoa New Zealand, International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, Kelowna, Canada.

Came, H. (24 August 2014) Primer on institutional racism. (Invited Address) 2014 Diversity Forum. Human Rights Commission: Christchurch, New Zealand.

Came, H. (22 August 2014). Institutional racism and the public health sector. (Invited workshop), Public Health Association: Christchurch, New Zealand.

Came, H. (9 December 2013). Exposing institutional racism within the public health system in Aotearoa. (Plenary address). In Reconfiguring anti-racism: Tolerance, harmony, inclusion and justice. Melbourne, Australia: Deakin University.

Came, H. (20 November 2013). Still dealing with institutional racism within the public sector [Plenary address]. In Te Kārohirohi – Towards New Horizons – Principles for Responsible Management Education Conference 3rd Australia/New Zealand Forum. Ngaruawahia, New Zealand: Waikato University and Waikato-Tainui College.

Came, H. (8 November 2013). Contracting issues for Māori health providers [Keynote address]. In National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Hei Manaaki Ngā Kaumātua Charitable Trust.

Came, H. (26 September 2013). Countering institutional racism within the public health sector [Invited address]. In 2013 Diversity Forum. Wellington, New Zealand: Human Rights Commission

Came, H. (29 November 2012). Exploring the impact of a racist health system on [contemporary] Māori health [Plenary address]. In 10th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology.

Da Silva, S., & Came, H. (1 December 2011). Political competencies for anti-racism workers: Lessons from Aotearoa. In Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Directions and Intersections Conference. Surfers Paradise, Australia.

Came, H. (1 September 2011). How Crown agencies discriminate against Māori (public) health providers. (Invited address) In Colloquium in Health and Social Research 2. Hamilton, New Zealand; Waikato University.


AUTSA Awesome Award Postgraduate Supervision Finalist 2014
HY School - Teaching Assistant Award 2014
HY School Award for Outstanding Emerging Scholar 2013
HY School Award for Building a New Programme 2012
Public Health Association Conference Scholarship 2011
Health Research Council Summer Scholarship  2010
Doctoral Scholarship from Waikato University  2010-2012
Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence: PGDip in Social Enterprise 2008
Tindall Foundation: Post Graduate Fees Scholarship in Social Enterprise  2008, 2009, 2010
Human Rights Commission Award Contribution to Race Relations [Waikato Anti-Racism Coalition] 2006