Dr Maria Haenga-Collins

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Lecturer : BHSc Counselling
Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi Tahu

Phone: 921 9999 extn 7048

Email: maria.haenga-collins@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

AUT University (Room MB224)
South Campus
640 Great South Rd
Manukau
Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:

AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Qualifications:

  • PhD (School of History) Australian National University
  • Master of Social Work (First Class) Massey University
  • Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Hons) Massey University

Memberships and Affiliations:

National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ)

Biography:

Maria Haenga-Collins has a background in social work, Māori-centered research, and history.

As a social worker (kaimanaaki) Maria was employed by Capital & Coast District Health Board to work in a specialist community mental health team with young people experiencing first episode psychosis.

As an oral historian Maria has specific experience in working with Indigenous Peoples.

Teaching Areas:

  • Group Theory and Practice I
  • Social and Cultural Analysis
  • Counselling Knowledge and Skills
  • Relational Counselling: History and Theory

Research Areas:

Maria’s research interests encompass the topics of colonisation, Indigenous research methods, Māori-centered research, ‘race’ and contemporary modes of racism, adoption, narrative, testimony, and poetic transcription. Her main area of expertise has a specific focus on the adoption of Māori children into Pākehā families – the processes and the outcomes.

Current Research Projects:

Maria is a primary investigator on a three-year Marsden funded Project - ‘Whāngai and the adoption of Māori: healing the past, transforming the future’. She is also a co-researcher on a Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences (AUT) funded project ‘Strengthening Tiriti relationships and anti-racism praxis in the health professions’.

Maria continues to attend a number of national and international conferences where she will present papers informed by her doctoral thesis - Closed Stranger Adoption, Māori and Race Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1955-1985. She is also working on journal articles and is preparing a book for publication which explores the manipulation of identity as a practice of colonisation which was reproduced in the closed stranger adoption of Māori children into white families.

Current Doctoral Supervision projects

  • Rights of the Child: the ‘child only journey’ from hospital birth to stranger care in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • What Māori and Australian Aboriginal cultural practices do psychotherapists and professionals who practice psychotherapy use within supervision in Aotearoa and Australia?

Publications:

Came, H., McCreanor, T., Haenga-Collins, M., & Cornes, R. (2019). Māori and Pasifika leaders’ experiences of government health advisory groups in New Zealand. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences, 1-10. doi:10.1080/1177083X.2018.1561477

Haenga-Collins, M., & Gibbs, A. (2015). ‘Walking between worlds’: the experiences of New Zealand Māori cross-cultural adoptees. Adoption & Fostering, 39(1), 62-75.

Conferences

Haenga-Collins, M. (2018, November). Testimonies and Poetic Transcriptions: New Zealand Māori experiences of cross-cultural adoption. Paper presented at the 2018 NOHANZ Biennial Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2018, July). New Zealand Māori Experiences of Cross-cultural Adoption: Reproducing practices of colonisation. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Adoption Research, Montreal, Canada.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2018, July). New Zealand Māori Experiences of Cross-cultural Adoption: Reproducing practices of colonisation. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Adoption Research, Montreal, Canada.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2017, July). Testimonies, Representation, and Poetic Transcriptions. Paper presented at the Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, Newcastle, Australia.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2016, August). Closed Stranger Adoption and Māori (1955-1985): Violence, Sex, and Race. Paper presented at the School of History Seminar Series, Australian National University, Canberra

Haenga-Collins, M. (2016, January). Cross-cultural Adoption: A Māori Perspective. Round table discussion at the 1st Australasian Post Adoption Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2016, January). Belonging and whakapapa (genealogy): Experiences of Māori cross-cultural adoptees. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Adoption Research, Auckland, New Zealand.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2015, June). Cross-Cultural Adoption: Relating Across the Unknown Whakapapa. Paper presented at Te Pouhere Korero (Māori Historians) Annual Symposium, Sydney, Australia.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2013, July). The (Im)mobilisation of the Cross-Cultural Adoptee. Paper presented at the Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, Wollongong, Australia.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2012, November). Enduring inequalities of isolation, invisibility, and indigeneity: The Closed Stranger Adoption of Māori (Indigenous) Children into Pākehā (white) Families. Paper presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2012, February). Listening to the Silenced: The closed stranger adoption of Māori children into Pākehā families. Paper presented at the New Zealand Psychotherapists (NZAP) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Awards:

  • 2018: Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Award (Primary Investigator).
  • 2013: Australian National University Doctoral Scholarship.
  • 2010: Massey University Masterate Scholarship.
  • 2008: Te Rau Puawai Workforce Development Scholarship.
  • 2007: Massey Scholar
  • 2007: Massey Bachelor of Social Work Student of the Year.