Taima Moeke-Pickering

Taima Moeke-Pickering

Full Professor

School of Indigenous Relations
Health

Biography

Taima Moeke-Pickering is a Maori of the Ngati Pukeko and Tuhoe Tribes from Aotearoa - New Zealand. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Indigenous Relations (formerly Native Human Services). Her passion lies in research and exploring determinants of culture that strengthens communities. An advocate for the development of Maori-based and Indigenous education programs, she was a key developer of the first Maori Counselling bachelor degree at Wintec (NZ) and the first Master of Indigenous Relations Program, Laurentian University.  Dr. Moeke-Pickering was the first Head of School of Te Toi-a-Kiwa School of Maori, Pasifika and Indigenous Studies at Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology). Dr. Moeke-Pickering is also an Adjunct Professor with the Whare Wananga o Awanauirangi based in her hometown of Whakatane. Her doctoral thesis focused on decolonization strategies as a social change model examining case studies of native-based programs with helping professionals based in Aotearoa and Canada. Dr. Moeke-Pickering has participated in a number of research projects with the intent to highlight Indigenous worldviews and pedagogies.  More recently her research focus has been on Homelessness, Food Security and Food Sovereignty (researching Maori communities in New Zealand and with women in recovery in Sudbury).

Education

  • Ph. D, 2010, University of Waikato, Psychology Department, Hamilton, New Zealand. Thesis Title: Decolonisation as a social change framework and its impact on the development of Indigenous-based curricula for Helping Professionals in mainstream Tertiary Education Organisations. Digital Copy of PhD Thesis: University of Waikato, 2010 http://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/bitstream/10289/4148/3/thesis.pdf
  • M.Soc.Sci First Class Honours. Discipline, Psychology Year, 1996 Institution: University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • B.Soc.Sci. Discipline, Psychology Year, 1994 Institution: University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Partially Completed 5 (post Masters) professional papers (700 level) toward specialist professional diploma in Community Psychology (PGDipPsych(Com). Still to complete 12 month internship. Year completed papers, 1998.
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. Discipline, Adult Education. Year 2001. Institution: The Waikato Polytechnic (now WINTEC), Hamilton, New Zealand

Academic Appointments

Appointed to Director of School of Indigenous Relations July 1 2015-2017

Appointed to Associate Professor July 1 2012

Member of Laurentian University Research Ethics Board 2012 to current

Appointed to Director of School of Indigenous Relations  July 1 2010 to 2013

Appointed to Assistant Professor July 1 2006

On The Web

Taimamoekepickering.strikingly.com

Research

Currently Taima is completing articles on Indigenous theories and pedagogies particularly highlighting teaching practices, the situating of self-determination and decolonisation factors in the classroom. She has recently completed an evaluation research project with the Salvation Army, Sudbury on the Women and Family Shelter and a pilot project on Food Security in New Zealand.  She is working on a NZ Health Research Grant on food security and food sovereingty with Maori communities in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Area.


Awards

  • April, 2011. Te Amorangi National Maori Academics, New Zealand

Teaching

Indigenous Social Work (formerly  Native Human Services) Courses Taught

ISWK/NSWK 3555 Indigenous Social Work Research Methodologies (6 credits)

ISWK/NSWK 3605 Field Instruction (6 credits)

ISWK/NSWK 4507 Native Social Work: Groups & Families (3 credits)

NSWK 4517 Management and Administration in Native Social Work (3 credits)

ISWK/NSWK 4605 Field Instruction (6 credits)

MIR (Masters of Indigenous Relations Courses)

MIRE 5016 Indigenous Research Methodologies

MIRE 5046 The United Nations and International Indigenous Issues


Publications

Moeke-Pickering, T., Heitia, M., Heitia, S., Karapu, R. & Cote-Meek, S. (due to be released May, 2015).  Understanding Maori food security and food sovereignty issues in Whakatane.  MAI Journal Vol 4, Issue 1 pp 29-42. A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, Auckland, NZ.

In press: Moeke-Pickering, T. & Cote-Meek. S. (2015).  Strengthening Indigenous Social Work in the Academy.  (In Press) Accepted Article for Journal of Indigenous Social Development, Hawaii, USA.  JISD, Vol.4, Issue 1, May 2015.

In press: Moeke-Pickering, T. & Partridge, C. (2015).  Aboriginal Social Work: Incorporating Aboriginal worldviews in social work field practice. Submitted to Indigenous Social Work Journal Vol. 10, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON.

Moeke-Pickering, T. (2014). Insights gained from the Evaluation Surveys conducted with the School of Native Human Services Students during the periods of 2008, 2010 and 2012. Native Social Work Journal, Vol. 9. (pgs 83-92), Sudbury, ON.

Moeke-Pickering, T. & Partridge, C. (2014). Aboriginal Social Work: Incorporating Aboriginal worldviews in social work field practice. Social Work Journal Reflets : revue d'intervention sociale et communautaire, Quebec.

Moeke-Pickering, T. & Cote-Meek, S. &. (2011). Indigenous Pedagogies and Transformational Practices. Williams, G. (Ed). Talking Back, Talking Forward: Journeys in transforming Indigenous educational practice. Selected papers from the 6th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Rim, Cairns Conference, Australia, 18 - 21 December 2010 pgs 27-32. CDU Press – Charles Darwin University, Australia.

Moeke-Pickering, T.M. (In-Press, 2012). Indigenous worldviews and pedagogies in Social Work: Ways of being and doing (Chapter 3) (pgs 1-12). In Sinclair, R. (Ed). Kiskēyihtamowin: Aboriginal Social Work Theory, Praxis, and Critique Vol II. Publisher: Fernwood/Brunswick Books. (due to be released in 2014).

T.M. Moeke-Pickering (2012) Report: Evaluation of The Salvation Army Cedar Place Women and Family Shelter, Sudbury, Ontario.

T.M. Moeke-Pickering (2012) Report: Native Human Services Student Evaluation. Survey conducted with School of Native Human Services students (65) to gain information on strengths, weaknesses, satisfaction levels of the program, the resources and the faculty and staff. Laurentian University, Sudbury.

T.M. Moeke-Pickering (2010) Report: Native Human Services Research Evaluation. Survey conducted with School of Native Human Services students (29) to gain information on strengths, weaknesses, satisfaction levels of the program, the resources and the faculty and staff. Laurentian University, Sudbury.

Editor, Native Social Work Journal – Volume 8, 2012 Indigenous Social Work Practices and Theories

Co-Editor, Native Social Work Journal – Volume 7, 2010 – Promising Practices in Mental Health: Emerging Paradigms in Aboriginal Social Work Practices