Belinda Borell, PhD, Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellow

Belinda (Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Whakatōhea) has recently completed her PhD, The Nature of the Gaze: a conceptual discussion of societal privilege from an indigenous perspective.  The thesis explores how Kaupapa Māori paradigms can make important contributions to research topics that may not be of direct or immediate relevance to Māori communities. Insights gained from a Kaupapa Māori investigation of white privilege in Aotearoa New Zealand are discussed. The thesis argues that cultural hegemony is maintained through structured forgetting, silence, and suppression of dissent that has dire consequences for dominant cultural groups as well as marginal. Structural racism and privilege are amenable to analyses utilising similar frameworks albeit from opposite sides that can provide valuable insights to understanding inequity more broadly. I also examine ways in which Kaupapa Māori analyses of white privilege can illuminate pathways of redress that will benefit all New Zealanders and provide more embracing perspectives of nationhood.

Dr Borell was also recently awarded the Hohua Tutengaehe Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to further her research into societal privilege.

Her Masters thesis, about cultural identity of young Māori in South Auckland can be found here:  Living in the City Ain’t So Bad: Cultural Diversity of South Auckland Rangatahi.


Journal Articles

Borell, B., Moewaka Barnes, H., & McCreanor, T. (2018). Conceptualising Historical Privilege:  the flip side of historical trauma, a brief examination. AlterNative, 14(1), 25-34. A427

Borell, B. (2015). Being Maori in the City: Indigenous Everyday Life in Auckland by Natacha Gagné. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013 [Book Review]. Aboriginal Policy Studies, 4(1), 73-75.

Borell, B. (2014). When the marginalised research the privileged One Maori group’s experience. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 7(2).  A354

Rankine, J., Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., Nairn, R., & McCreanor, T. (2014). Content and source analysis of newspaper items about Maori issues: Silencing the ‘natives’ in Aotearoa? Pacific Journalism Review, 20(1), 213-233. A350

Nairn, R., DeSouza, R., Moewaka Barnes, A., Rankine, J., Borell, B., & McCreanor, T. (2014). Nursing in media saturated societies: implications for cultural safety in nursing practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Research in Nursing, 19, 477-487. A349

McCreanor, T., Rankine, J., Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., Nairn, R., & McManus, A.-L. (2014). The association of crime stories and Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand print media. Sites: New Series, 11(1), 121-144. DOI : A343

Moewaka Barnes, H., Borell, B., & McCreanor, T. (2014). Theorising the structural dynamics of ethnic privilege in Aotearoa: Unpacking "this breeze at my back". International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 7(1). A341

Moewaka Barnes, A., Taiapa, K., Borell, B., & McCreanor, T. (2013). Maori experiences and responses to racism in New Zealand. MAI Journal, 2(2), 63-77. A336

Nairn, R., McCreanor, T., Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., Rankine, J., & Gregory, A. (2012). “Maori news is bad news”: that’s certainly so on television. MAI Journal, 1(1), 38-49. A309

Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., Taiapa, K., Rankine, J., Nairn, R., & McCreanor, T. (2012). Anti-Maori themes in New Zealand Journalism; toward alternative practice. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(1), 195-216. A304

McCreanor, T., McManus, A.-L., Moewaka Barnes, A., Rankine, J., Borell, B., & Nairn, R. (2011). Maori business news in the mass media. Sites: New Series, 8(2), 32-56. A335

Rankine, J., Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., McCreanor, T., Nairn, R., & Gregory, A. (2011). Suburban Newspapers’ reporting of Māori news. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2), 50-71. A297

Nairn, R., Moewaka Barnes, A., Rankine, J., Borell, B., Abel, S., & McCreanor, T. (2011). Mass Media in Aotearoa: An Obstacle to Cultural Competence. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(3), 168-175. A296

Gregory, M., Borell, B., McCreanor, T., Moewaka Barnes, A., Nairn, R., Rankine, J., Abel, S., Taiapa, K., Kaiwai, H. (2011). Reading news about Maori: responses from non-Maori audiences. AlterNative, 7(1). 51-64. [Abstract] A280

McCreanor, T., Rankine, J., Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., Nairn, R., Gregory, M., Kaiwai, H. (2010). Maori sport and Maori in sport: mass media representations and Pakeha discourse. Alternative, 6(3). 235-247. [Abstract] A266

Borell, B., Gregory, A., McCreanor, T., Jensen, V., & Moewaka Barnes, H. (2009). 'It's hard at the top but it's a whole lot easier than being at the bottom': The role of privilege in understanding disparities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Race/Ethnicity, 3. 29-50. [Abstract] A250

Rankine, J., Moewaka Barnes, A., Borell, B., Nairn, R., McCreanor, T., & Gregory, A. (2009). Intentional use of te reo Maori in New Zealand newspapers in 2007. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(2). 174-190. [Abstract]


Chapters In Books

Moewaka Barnes, H., Borell, B., Edwards, S. & McCreanor, T. (2009). Epistemological domination: Social science research ethics in Aotearoa. In Mertens, D. & Ginsberg, P. (Eds.), Handbook of Social Research Ethics (pp.442-457). Los Angeles: Sage. SB47

Borell, B. (2005). Living in the city ain't so bad: cultural identity for young Maori in South Auckland. In Liu, J., McCreanor, T., McIntosh, T. and Teaiwa, T. (Eds.), New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations (pp. 191-206). Wellington: Victoria University Press. SB39



Rankine, J., Nairn, R., Moewaka Barnes, A., Gregory, M., Kaiwai, H., Borell, B., & . McCreanor, T., (2007). Media and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Auckland: Kupu Taea.

Adair, V., Dixon , R., Coggan, C., Brewin, M., Borell, B., Kruiswijk, J. (2000). Final report for the evaluation of the Drugs Education Development Project. University of Auckland, Auckland.