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Dr Fiona Cram (chair)

Fiona has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Pāhauwera on the east coast of Aotearoa. She has a background in social and developmental psychology and 25 years experience in research and evaluation in the fields of corrections and justice, with a specific interest in the impacts of IPV on women and their children. Fiona has been involved in the evaluation assessment of both community and government directed responses to Māori intimate partner violence and has an in-depth understanding of the determinants of Māori health and wellbeing. An over-riding theme in Fiona’s work is kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori).

Dr Jacqueline Short (deputy chair)

Jackie is a Consultant Forensic and General Adult Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago, with a longstanding interest in the care of female mentally disordered offenders. She has chaired a national working party that produced a report on the standards of care for women in secure mental health services in New Zealand and is a former Chair of the national Women in Secure Care Committee. She has served on the Wellington Regional FVDR Panel, the Family Violence Intervention Programme steering group for Capital & Coast DHB, and is a former Chair of the Overseas Trained Psychiatrists Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a former executive committee member of the New Zealand branch of the Forensic Faculty of the College. 

Over the last 20 years, she has spoken at numerous conferences and events in UK, Australasia, Hong Kong and Peru, and facilitated workshops and seminars, mainly on female mentally disordered offenders. She has a particular interest in women who kill in the context of family violence. Jackie has been working with women at the Central Regional Forensic Mental Health Service in Porirua since her arrival from UK in September 2004 and is the visiting psychiatrist to Arohata Women's Prison in Tawa.

Assoc Prof Nicola Atwool

Nicola Atwool is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Otago, teaching in the social and community work programme. She returned to academia at the beginning of 2012 having spent six years as a Principal Advisor in the Office of the Children's Commissioner. She previously worked at the University of Otago as a lecturer and senior lecturer in the social work programme from 1994 to 2005. Nicola has professional qualifications in social work and child and adolescent psychotherapy and was employed in a variety of roles by what is now Oranga Tamariki for nearly twenty years, before taking up an academic position. Research interests include attachment theory, resilience, the impact of trauma, the experience of children in care and social work intervention with children, young people and their families.

Dianne Cooze

Dianne Cooze is a former police officer with 11 years experience, and is of Ngāti Porou descent. She has joined FVDRC as the lived-experience representative. Dianne has worked in the investigation and response unit at the Civil Aviation Authority since 2013 and now manages the team. She is passionate about reducing family violence, which was one of her prime reasons for joining the Police.

Dr Michael Roguski

Dr Michael Roguski is the director of Kaitiaki Research and Evaluation, which he established in 2010, and has considerable experience in marginalised communities and sensitive topic evaluation and research. He is the former Director of the Crime and Justice Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, and has undertaken a wide range of contract research with government and non-government organisations, and international agencies.

Stormie Waapu

Stormie Waapu is a practising barrister based at Matariki Chambers in Manukau. She has experience in the Family Court, Youth Court and Criminal Court, including working in the Family Violence Court at the Mānukau District Court. She also has first-hand experience of the ongoing intergenerational trauma that eventuates from the experience of family violence.

She is of Ngāti Kahungunu decent and lives with her partner and three children. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Māori studies and Criminology and a Law degree at the University of Auckland.

Shayne Walker

Shayne Walker (Ngai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha, Ngāti Kahungunu) has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago since 1996. He is a registered social worker and is the Chairperson of the Social Workers Registration Board. He has a strong practice background of working with tamariki and whānau in community organisations, youth-work and foster care. His research and teaching has focused on the nature of matauranga Māori (ways of knowing), ako Māori (the teaching and  learning of Māori knowledge), Māori social services development and alternative care, child protection and Māori social work theory and practice.


Last updated: 13th November, 2021