Institutional RACISM


Formed in 2013 STIR: Stop Institutional Racism is a nationwide network of public health professionals and activist scholars committed to ended institutional racism within the administration of the public health sector.

STIR strives to remove barriers to indigenous well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand by mobilising allies, engaging in decolonisation, influencing policy, monitoring government performance, re-energising conversations around working with te Tiriti o Waitangi, strengthening the evidence base about sites of racism and anti-racism praxis and generally stirring.

In the last five years we  have hosted a symposium, writing and critiqued policy, conducted research studies, written papers and a book, hosted master classes, presented at the United Nations, built a boutique social movement and done media outreach.

The core group consists of Grant Berghan (co-chair), Dr Heather Came (co-chair), Claire Doole, Dr Nicole Coupe, Prof. Tim McCreanor, Lisa McNab,  Ngaire Rae, Emma Rawson, Trevor Simpson, Lee Tuki, Sue Turner and Sonya Te Mata.

We have over 250 Associates through our social media outreach.


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Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based practice in health promotion.

A comprehensive resource written by a team led by Heather Came (PhD). The resource builds on the legacy of Dr Irihapeti Ramsden and cultural safety in nursing.

Download Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based practice in health promotion

If you wish to find out more, you may contact Dr Heather Came



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