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Māori nurses and smoking- exploring the context and opportunity for change

Research Study

originally posted by WM Admin on 13 July 2012 and updated 16 April 2015


Nurses are ideally positioned to act as role models and facilitate smoking cessation among Māori, although a number are smokers.

This two-year multi-method research aims to design and develop a kaupapa Māori smoking cessation intervention suitable for use with Māori nurses. 

Phase one

  • Conducted a national web-based survey to explore the views of nurses regarding smoking, with responses  received from 410 nurses and nursing students identifying as Māori.
  • Carried out in-depth qualitative interviews kanohi ki te kanohi with 43 Māori participants, including student nurses, registered nurses and community health workers who were smokers or recent quitters.  

Phase two

Whakauae Research Services have agreed to fund the next intervention phase of this research.  The intervention will be launched at the NZNO Indigenous Nurses Hui August 2015.

Start Date

Jul 1, 2012

End Date

Aug 30, 2015


In Progress



Health Research Council of New Zealand
Whakauae Research Services


Heather Gifford
Denise Wilson
Leonie Walker
Amohia Boulton
Lynley Cvitanovic
Wiki Shepherd-Sinclair

Research Abstracts

Wāhine Māori nurses who smoke and their role in smoking cessation

Māori nurses and smoking: Conflicted identities and motivations for smoking cessation

Māori nurses and smoking: What do we know?