Kirsten Smiler

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Lecturer in Maori Health Health Services Research Centre, Faculty of Health


Teaching in 2019


  • BA (Māori Studies) VUW
  • Grad Dip Arts (Māori Studies) VUW
  • MA (Applied Linguistics) VUW


Kirsten Smiler (Te Whānau-a-Kai, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whakatōhea) is a Senior Research Fellow (Māori) for the Health Services Research Centre.

Based at the Health Services Research Centre as Māori Research Fellow (since 2004) Kirsten is a Kaupapa Māori researcher who has contributed to a broad range of health services research projects undertaken within HSRC, most recently a Health Research Council of NZ funded evaluation of the development and impact of changes in community pharmacy services, and a programme evaluation of the South-Auckland- based Mana-ā-Riki initiative commissioned by the Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation (MFHI). Kirsten also lectures on Hauora Māori (Māori health and wellbeing) for the Faculty of Health in the papers Introduction to Health and Wellbeing (HWB101), Introduction to Health and Wellbeing (HWB102) and Introduction to Health Policy and Services (HWB101).

Kirsten’s MA (VUW – Applied Linguistics) completed in 2004 critically examines perceptions of cultural and linguistic identity for Māori members of the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) community. In 2014 Kirsten completed her PhD (VUW – Applied Linguistics), a study of the nature and impacts of early intervention for Māori Deaf/hearing-impaired children and their whānau. In 2014 Kirsten was awarded the Health Research Council’s Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Māori health, and in 2016 the Health Research Council’s 2016 award for Excellence in research for an emerging researcher.

Kirsten is an executive member of the Health Services Research Association of Australian & New Zealand (HSRAANZ), serves as Māori Advisor to the Universal Newborn hearing screening and Early intervention programme (Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education), acts as a New Zealand Sign Language Board member.


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Teaching in 2019