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Health Sciences profile

Carmen Timu-Parata

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (Wellington)
Iwi affiliationNgāti Kahungunu
Research summaryMāori health, breasfeeding support
MembershipsMāori Advisor, New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance


Carmen Timu-Parata (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Research Fellow and a registered nurse with a masters in nursing.

She has in interest in Māori health with a focus on breastfeeding support. Along with her research work Carmen also is Māori advisor for New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance.

Her present HRC-funded co-design project is exploring Māori aspirations around breastfeeding in Te Tai Tokerau.

Carmen is also part of the SYMBIOTIC research programme (HRC funded) which addresses the need for a more effective response to the clustering of health problems in our populations.


Kvalsvig, A., Tuari-Toma, B., Timu-Parata, C., Bennett, J., Sinnema, C., Summers, J., Davies, C., Jackson, C., … Telfar Barnard, L., & Baker, M. G. (2023). Protecting school communities from COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreaks: The urgent need for healthy schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1571), 7-19. Retrieved from

Davies, C., Timu-Parata, C., Stairmand, J., Robson, B., Kvalsvig, A., Lum, D., & Signal, V. (2022). A kia ora, a wave and a smile: An urban marae-led response to COVID-19, a case study in manaakitanga. International Journal for Equity in Health, 21, 70. doi: 10.1186/s12939-022-01667-8