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Research Fellow
Department of Public Health (Wellington)
Research summary
Māori health, breasfeeding support
Māori 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., Brooks, A. E. S., Potter, J. D., Jeffreys, M., Bennett, J., Davies-Payne, D., Kennedy, J., Sika-Paotonu, D., Timu-Parata, C., … Hume, C., … Lorgelly, P., & Baker, M. (2024). Long Covid in Aotearoa NZ: Risk assessment and preventive action urgently needed. The Briefing, (26 March). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., Jackson, C., Timu-Parata, C., Rentta, N., & Baker, M. (2023). Are we ready to eliminate invasive meningococcal disease in Aotearoa New Zealand? The Briefing, (17 August). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

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 Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M., Summers, J., Telfar Barnard, L., Dickson, A., Bennett, J., Timu-Parata, C., Wilson, N., (2022, May). The urgent need for a Covid-19 Action Plan for Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from Other Research Output

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 Journal - Research Article

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