Heather is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander. He Tangata Tiriti ia. Her background is in health promotion, public health and social justice activism. She is Associate Professor with Department of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology. Her research focuses on critical policy analysis, te Tiriti o Waitangi and anti-racism. Heather is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism, and the chair of the AUT branch of NZ Public Health Association.
Critical Tiriti Analysis: A mechanism for monitoring the Crown
"The Crown has a long history of directly and indirectly breaching Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
In 2020 Māori and non-Māori scholars developed Critical Tiriti Analysis to assess policy compliance with Te Tiriti. Critical Tiriti Analysis reviews documents against five elements of Te Tiriti – preamble, three written articles and oral article. The process requires orientation to the document; closer examination against the elements; determination against set indicators; suggestions to improve policy; and Māori final assessment.
Critical Tiriti Analysis has been utilised by activists, policy-makers, scholars, and several Crown agencies to inform policy development, evaluation and planning strategies. Public training sessions on Critical Tiriti Analysis are being regularly sold-out. We believe Critical Tiriti Analysis provides direction to practitioners wanting to address social and health inequities and ensure Indigenous engagement, leadership and substantive authority in policy/planning/evaluation processes. It is simple to use and inherently a tool for advancing social justice."