About Tia


Kia Ora koutou,

Nō te mokopuna o Ngā Puhi, Te Whānau Ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou me Ngāti Kahungunu. Nau mai, haere mai ki te Kura Mātai Hinengaro.
My ancestry hails from Northland, East Cape, East Coast and the Hawkes Bay of the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. For those of you that don’t know me my name is Tia Neha.

Welcome to the Whānau Lab and thank you for taking the time to read up on what our whānau group does. I am the team leader and primary investigator of the Whānau Lab, and a Fellow in the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research (CACR) in the School of Psychology.  My role in our school is the Māori and Indigenous Lecturer in Psychology.

I teach across five undergraduate and two postgraduate courses. I particularly enjoy teaching and helping students understand the connection between culture, whānau, and kai. I also enjoy supervising students to incorporate these areas towards whānau developmental, forensic, health and educational research.

Check out our website, or click on the image for my VUW staff profile.