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BA (Hons), MASenior Research Fellow; TRRHAEP

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Tel 64 4 385 5418

Research interests and activities

Donna (Kāti Mamoe, Kai Tahu) has been involved in work on the collection and classification of ethnicity data in Aotearoa/New Zealand, particularly as it relates to measuring and monitoring inequities. Recently, Donna has been focused on work examining the impacts of racism on Māori health and health inequities.


Harris, R., Cormack, D., Waa, A., Edwards, R., & Stanley, J. (2024). The impact of racism on subsequent healthcare use and experiences for adult New Zealanders: A prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health, 24, 136. doi: 10.1186/s12889-023-17603-6

King, P. T., Cormack, D., Harris, R., Paine, S.-J., & McLeod, M. (2023). ‘Never-ending beginnings’: A qualitative literature review of Māori temporal ontologies. Kōtuitui, 18(3), 252-267. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2138467

Haitana, T., Pitama, S., Cormack, D., Clark, M. T. R., & Lacey, C. (2023). ‘It absolutely needs to move out of that structure’: Māori with bipolar disorder identify structural barriers and propose solutions to reform the New Zealand mental health system. Ethnicity & Health, 28(2), 234-256. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2022.2027884

Colhoun, S., Keddell, E., Norris, P., Willing, E., & Cormack, D. (2022). Whānau experiences of reports to child protection: Implications for practice and research. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER) Symposium. (pp. 58). Retrieved from

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, including Edmonds, L., Berry, M., Cormack, D., and also Te Rōpū Kohi Pitopito Mōhiotanga mō te Take Mate | New Zealand Mortality Review Data Group, including Dawson, P., Burgess, W., Roy, M., Paterson, H., Crengle, S., McDonald, G., Hii, J., Szymanska, K., Wolfe, N., Lawrence Lodge, R., Rayner, C., & Chalmers, S. (2022). Fifteenth annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee | Te pūrongo ā-tau tekau mā rima o te Komiti Arotake Mate Pēpi, Mate Whaea hoki: Reporting mortality and morbidity 2020 | Te tuku pūrongo mō te mate me te whakamate 2020. Commissioned by Health Quality & Safety Commission. Wellington, New Zealand: Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 209p. Retrieved from

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