Our Research

Our researchers participate in high-quality, multidisciplinary projects across a range of mental health subjects.


We conduct research in keeping with principles from Kaupapa Māori research:

  1. Aroha ki te tangata a respect for people that within research is about allowing people to define the research context (e.g., where and when to meet). It is also about maintaining this respect when dealing with research data.
  2. He kanohi kitea – being a face that is seen and known to those who are participating in research. For example, we are engaged with and familiar to communities so that trust and communication is developed.
  3. Titiro, whakarongo…kōrero – Look, listen and then, later, speak. We need to take time to understand people’s day-to-day realities, priorities and aspirations, so that the questions asked by us are relevant.
  4. Manaaki ki te tangata – looking after people. We aim to share, host and be generous with our time, expertise, and relationships.
  5. Kia tupato – be cautious.  We strive to be politically astute, culturally safe, and reflexive practitioners. Staying safe may mean collaborating with elders and others who can guide research processes, as well as research communities.
  6. Kaua e takahia te mana o te tangata – do not trample on the mana (dignity) of people. People are often the experts on their own lives, including their challenges, needs and aspirations. We look for ways to collaborate on research reports, as well as research agendas.
  7. Kia mahaki – be humble. We will find ways of sharing their knowledge while remaining humble. We believe that the sharing of expertise between researchers and participants leads to shared understanding that will make research more trustworthy.

Improving the mental health of infants, children
and young people since 2002

With over 18 years of experience, we understand the importance of working not just with children and young people. but also with parents, whanau/caregivers and schools to improve the mental health and well-being of young New Zealanders.

We have developed and tested a range of mental health interventions including:

  • E-therapies for children and young people with anxiety, depression, substance use and self-harm
  • E-therapies for parents of children with behaviour problems
  • Psychological support for children with long-term physical conditions
  • Methods of identifying and supporting children wtih autism
  • Methods of support for children and young people at risk of suicide
  • School-based screening and wellbeing-related interventions

We are fortunate to be funded through many organisations and project grants.

Working together for better mental health worldwide

Te Ara Hāro members participate in a range of national and international research projects related to infant, child and adolescent mental health and well-being.

We regularly invite academics from overseas to run workshops, share their research findings and collaborate. 

We share our findings with others via this website, peer-reviewed publications, local and international conferences.

We also support the New Zealand Child & Adolescent Research Network (CARN). This initiative focuses on increased collaboration between child and adolescent mental health researchers and clinicians.