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Christina McKercharSenior Lecturer in Māori Health

BCApSc, MSc with distinction, PhD

Tel +64 3 364 3638

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


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.

Christina has completed her PhD entitled: Food availability for Māori children: A rights based approach.


Research interests

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Food security
  • Māori Health

Professional groups

  • Agencies for Nutrition Action Board Member 2009–2010


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

Current projects

Current supervision

  • Els Russell, Master of Public Health (Thesis)
  • Nicki Williams, PhD
  • Tom Worters, Master of Public Health (Thesis)

Completed supervision


Pitama, S., Haitana, T., Patu, M., Robson, B., Harris, R., McKerchar, C., Clark, T., & Crengle, S. (2024). Toitū Te Tiriti. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1589), 7-11. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Crossin, R., Norriss, D., McKerchar, C., Martin, G., Pocock, T., & Curl, A. (2024). Quantifying access to on-demand alcohol in New Zealand. Drug & Alcohol Review, 43, 416-424. doi: 10.1111/dar.13785 Journal - Research Article

Gage, R., Connor, J., Jackson, N., McKerchar, C., & Signal, L. (2024). Generating political priority for alcohol policy reform: A framework to guide advocacy and research. Drug & Alcohol Review, 43, 381-392. doi: 10.1111/dar.13782 Journal - Research Article

McKerchar, C., Thompson, L., Bidwell, S., & Hapuku, A. (2023). Normal or diseased? Navigating indeterminate gut behaviour. Journal of Primary Health Care, 15(4), 350-357. doi: 10.1071/HC23090 Journal - Research Article

Crossin, R., Curl, A., Norriss, D., Martin, G., Pocock, T., & McKerchar, C. (2023). Quantifying access to 'on-demand' alcohol in New Zealand. Drug & Alcohol Review, 42(Suppl. 1), 84. doi: 10.1111/dar.13749 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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