Dr Lisa Te Morenga (Ngāti Whātu, Te Rarawa)

Programme Investigator
Health gains and equity for Māori

Dr Lisa Te Morenga


Dr Lisa Te Morenga is a Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health at Victoria University in Wellington. Lisa joins the programme team as a PI for the programme cross-cutting theme: health gain and equity for Māori. As PI she will take responsibility for leadership and management of the research, and contribute to design, conduct, analysis and dissemination of all programme studies. She will assist with study design to maximise opportunities for Māori participation, and lead analyses and Publications on potential effects of dietary interventions on health gain and equity for Māori.

Her research interests include public health nutrition, nutritional epidemiology, and hauora Māori. She leads research investigating the role of sugars and wholegrains on health outcomes and has produced evidence reviews for recent WHO nutrition recommendations for fats, sugar and carbohydrates. She co-leads collaborative, participatory research nationally with researchers and Māori (Ngati Whatua o te Kaipara, Waiwhetu) and Pasifika communities to develop feasible and sustainable approaches to improving lifestyles and preventing chronic diseases. She is a co-investigator on the Dunedin Longitudinal study and is overseeing research on the relationship between sugars intakes and health outcomes as predictors of cardiometabolic disease, and collaborates on nutrition and health research with Ngati Porou and the Otago Pasifika Trust.