Marianna Churchward

Dr Marianna Churchward profile picture

Senior Research Fellow Health Services Research Centre, Faculty of Health


BA MA PhD Well


Marianna joined the Health Services Research Centre in 1999. Over the years she has worked across several large projects and roles mostly in the capacity of Pacific researcher. After taking some leave to travel overseas for two years Marianna completed her MA thesis focussing on the health and wellbeing of first time Samoan mothers in 2011 in which the multiple role of mothers was conceptualised as ‘sophisticated mediators’ in which describes how mothers navigate their way through health systems. She completed her PhD in 2015 exploring the maternity experiences of NZ-born Samoan women, including the perspectives of their mothers, midwives and nurses.

Marianna is currently working on a Health Research Council of NZ funded project understanding the experiences of Pacific families with complex needs with respect to health care and social service delivery; an Ageing Well National Science Challenge Project ‘Life when renting’ from a Pacific perspective and is part of a team evaluating the Mana-ā-riki/Kootuitui ki Papakura’s programme of education, health and homes at Papakura, South Auckland.

Research Interests

health services, maternity experiences, Pacific health, sexual and reproductive health.