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Racism as a health determinant: implications for Maori health and inequalities, Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora A Eru Pōmare

About us

Most studies of racism and health have focused on self-reported direct experience of racism at an individual level and the negative impact this has on health. This study will examine how other markers of racism may impact on Maori health and inequalities primarily using data from the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. It will specifically investigate emerging areas in racism and health research internationally, namely ‘socially-assigned’ ethnicity (how society usually classifies you ethnically), ‘ethnic consciousness’ (how often you think about your ethnicity) and ‘ethnic density’ (the proportion of people of the same ethnic group living in a given area), and how these relate to Maori health outcomes and inequalities.


Becares L, Cormack D, Harris R. Ethnic density and area deprivation: Neighbourhood effects on Māori health and racial discrimination in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine 2013; 88:76–82  

Harris R, Cormack D, Stanley J. The relationship between socially-assigned ethnicity, health and experience of racial discrimination for Māori: analysis of the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:844.

Harris RB, Cormack D, Tobias M, Yeh L-C, Talamaivao N, Minster J, Timutimu R. The pervasive effects of racism: experiences of racial discrimination in New Zealand over time and associations with multiple health domains. Social Science and Medicine 2012; 74(3):408-415.

Harris RB, Cormack D, Tobias M, Yeh LC, Talamaivao N, Minster J, Timutimu R. Self-Reported Experience of racial Discrimination and Health Care Use in New Zealand: Results From the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 102(5).

Our people

  • Ricci Harris
  • Donna Cormack