Dr Sandy Kerr

Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngapuhi.

Kaiārahi-Rangahau Māori – Māori Research Associate


Sandy’s main focus at Carey is as Māori research guide, assisting in our endeavour to produce New Zealand facing post-graduate research.

Sandy supervises thesis work at Carey and lectures in the Research Methods course. She is primarily a qualitative researcher with particular expertise in Māori methodologies, but she is keen to assist any new or emerging researchers to cultivate research skills and to publish their research findings.



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Massey University)
  • Master of Arts (First Class Honours) (University of Auckland)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Victoria University)
  • Diploma in Missions (Carey Baptist College)



  • Research Methods in Applied Theology
  • Te Ao Māori, Tikanga, Marae me ona Kawa (Kaiārahi)


Current Research

  • Bicultural Carey 2025: Action research to guide the development of Carey’s bicultural journey.
  • Evaluation of Te Āwhina Whānau Service’s “Te Rito o te Whānau” Programme.


Research Interests

  • Indigenous research methodology
  • Programme evaluation
  • Indigenous theology



  • Kerr, S. (2012). ‘Kaupapa Maori Theory-Based Evaluation’. Evaluation Journal of Australasia. Volume 12, No. 1. 2012.
  • Kerr, S., Anderson C., Chase M., Johnson J., Mekiana D., McIntrye, D., Ruerup, A. (2012). ‘It’s only new because it’s been missing for so long. Indigenous Evaluation Capacity Building’ American Journal of Evaluation. December 2012; vol. 33, 4: pp. 566-582. First published on September 26, 2012.
  • Kerr, S. (2011). ‘Kaupapa Maori Evaluation’. Karearea Digest. Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association. Maori and Indigenous Evaluation. Volume 1, Winter 2011.
  • Moewaka Barnes, H., Henwood, W., Kerr, S., McManus, V., & McCreanor, T. (2011). Knowledge Transfer and Indigenous Research. In E. Banister, B. Leadbeater & E. Marshall (Eds), Knowledge Translation in Context: Indigenous, Policy, and Community Settings: University of Toronto.
  • Kerr, S., Penney, L., Moewaka Barnes, H. and McCreanor, T. (2009) ‘Kaupapa Maori Action Research to improve heart disease services in Aotearoa, New Zealand’, Ethnicity & Health First published on: 16 December 2009.
  • Kerr, S. (2006) “First Person, First Peoples: A Journey Through Boundaries” American Journal of Evaluation Volume 27, Issue 3, 2006.


Technical Reports (Selected)

  • Kerr, S. (2017) Review of Te Kākano 2013-2017, Te Ao Auahatanga Hauora Māori: Māori Health Innovations Fund, for the Ministry of Health. November 2017.
  • Kerr, S. (2017) Te Rito o te Whānau Evaluation for Te Awhina Whānau Services Ltd, August 2017.
  • Kerr, S. (2017) Evaluation of “Ko te Marae to Matatiki,” Nga Kairauhii Trust for the Ministry of Health. July 2017.
  • Kerr, S. (2017) Evaluation of the Virtual Manawa Ora Korokoro Ora (vMOKO) Pilot Innovation of Navilluso Medical Limited. July 2017.
  • Kerr, S. (2017) Ngāti Kahu Social and Health Service’s “Nga Kaitiaki” Programme – An Evaluation.  July 2017.
  • Kerr, S. (2017) “Te Waka Tuatahi” programme evaluation for Hikoi Koutou Charitable Trust and the Ministry of Health. July 2017.




  • Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)
  • Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship (Tertiary Education Commission)
  • Doctoral Completion Award (Building Research Capacity in the Social Sciences)
  • QEII Commemorative Scholarship (Auckland City Council)
  • Masters Scholarship (Auckland University)


Contact Details

Phone: 021 914 888

Email: [email protected]