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Christina McKerchar

Christina McKercharLecturer in Māori Health

BCApSc, MSc with distinction (Otago)

Email christina.mckerchar@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 364 3638

Department of Population Health
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8140

Background

Christina is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent. She trained as a nutritionist, and worked for a number of years, for Te Hotu Manawa Māori a national Māori Health provider.

She has also worked for Agencies for Nutrition Action, a coalition group of non-government organisations who have an interest in nutrition.

PhD

Christina is also completing a PhD and her topic is: Food availability for Māori children: A rights based approach. 
Is the right to healthy food realised for Māori children in their lived environments? If not, what policy options would impact on this right being realised?

The study is a mixed-method inquiry informed by Kaupapa Māori research principles.

The first part of the study analyses existing photographic data gathered by the KidsCam study to explore the lived environments of 11 year old children in Wellington.

The second part will use qualitative interviews with policy makers.

The health outcomes for this study relate to building the evidence for policies at local and national levels that contribute to environments for children that support healthy eating.

Supervisors: Associate Professor Gillian Abel, Associate Professor Louise Signal and Dr Cameron Lacey

Teaching 2017

Research Interests

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Food security
  • Māori Health

 Professional groups

  • Agencies for Nutrition Action Board Member 2009–2010

Presentations

From Kererū to KFC: Māori eating patterns over time. New Zealand Dietetic Association Conference (Keynote Oral Presentation). Nutrition & Dietetics 2008;65 (Suppl. 4):A6

Masters supervisions

Sai Machiraju: The Underutilization of Mental Health Services: Perspectives of Indian Women in Christchurch
Completed August 2018

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Publications

Beavis, B. S., McKerchar, C., Maaka, J., & Mainvil, L. A. (2018). Exploration of Maori household experiences of food insecurity. Nutrition & Dietetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12477

Signal, L. N., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M. L., Chambers, T. J., Zhou, J., … McKerchar, C., Pearson, A. L., Hoek, J., Jenkin, G. L. S., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Children's everyday exposure to food marketing: An objective analysis using wearable cameras. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 14, 137. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0570-3

McKerchar, C., Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Confronting the convenience: The role of convenience stores in New Zealand children's food environments. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. (pp. 150). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

McKerchar, C. (2017). Why don't they just grow their own vegetables? The role of poverty in nutrition in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(4). doi: 10.3390/nu9040348

McKerchar, C., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Signal, L. (2017). Confronting the convenience: The role of convenience stores in children's food environments. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/165/26/1459

Journal - Research Article

Beavis, B. S., McKerchar, C., Maaka, J., & Mainvil, L. A. (2018). Exploration of Maori household experiences of food insecurity. Nutrition & Dietetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12477

Signal, L. N., Stanley, J., Smith, M., Barr, M. L., Chambers, T. J., Zhou, J., … McKerchar, C., Pearson, A. L., Hoek, J., Jenkin, G. L. S., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Children's everyday exposure to food marketing: An objective analysis using wearable cameras. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 14, 137. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0570-3

McKerchar, C., Bowers, S., Heta, C., Signal, L., & Matoe, L. (2015). Enhancing Māori food security using traditional kai. Global Health Promotion, 22(3), 15-24. doi: 10.1177/1757975914543573

Signal, L. N., Walton, M. D., Ni Mhurchu, C., Maddison, R., Bowers, S. G., Carter, K. N., … Lanumata, T. S., McKerchar, C. W., O'Dea, D., & Pearce, J. (2013). Tackling 'wicked' health promotion problems: A New Zealand case study. Health Promotion International, 28(1), 84-94. doi: 10.1093/heapro/das006

Ni Mhurchu, C., Blakely, T., Funaki-Tahifote, M., McKerchar, C., Wilton, J., Chua, S., & Jiang, Y. (2009). Inclusion of indigenous and ethnic minority populations in intervention trials: Challenges and strategies in a New Zealand supermarket study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(10), 850-855. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.081109

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McKerchar, C., Signal, L., Smith, M., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Stanley, J., & Ni Mhurchu, C. (2017). Confronting the convenience: The role of convenience stores in New Zealand children's food environments. Proceedings of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting. (pp. 150). ISBNPA. Retrieved from https://www.isbnpa.org

McKerchar, C. (2017). Why don't they just grow their own vegetables? The role of poverty in nutrition in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(4). doi: 10.3390/nu9040348

McKerchar, C., Smith, M., Stanley, J., Barr, M., Chambers, T., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Signal, L. (2017). Confronting the convenience: The role of convenience stores in children's food environments. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/165/26/1459

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Beavis, B. S., McKerchar, C., Maaka, J., & Mainvil, L. A. (2017, August-September). An exploration of Māori cultural values and how they are expressed in Modern Māori whānau in relation to food. Verbal presentation at the Dietitians NZ National Professional Development Meeting, Wellington, New Zealand.

Thomson, E., Williman, J., McKerchar, C., & Hider, P. (2016, September). Price discounts on core and non-core foods in two New Zealand supermarkets. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop, Christchurch, New Zealand.

McKerchar, C., Signal, L. N., Abel, G. M., & Lacey, C. J. (2015, May). Healthy food availability for Māori children: A rights based approach. Verbal presentation at the Hui Poutama: Māori Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

McKerchar, C. (2014, February). Diet-related health outcomes for Māori. Verbal presentation at the Big Food Symposium: Food Policy, Politics & Population Health, Wellington, New Zealand.

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