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Dr Christina McKerchar

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