Lara Greaves

Māori Thesis Scholarship

Lara Greaves (Ngāti Kurī, Te Āti Awa, Ngāpuhi) won the 2014 scholarship. 

Lara completed her BA and her Honours degree at the University of Auckland. For her honours thesis, she developed a latent class model predicting the demographic characteristics and voting behaviour of swing voters in the New Zealand population. 

Lara has now completed her Masters degree at the University of Auckland’s School of Psychology. Her research investigates how different aspects of Māori identity provide a protective buffer for the long-term health and wellbeing of Māori, producing quantitative models of Māori mental, physical and financial health. Her masters thesis is now available online: Māori Identity Signatures: A Latent Profile Analysis of the Types of Māori Identity.

Lara is the New Zealand Attitude and Values Survey lab manager, and a core member of the management team that runs the NZAVS. Lara has a strong interest in social and political psychology. Lara also has a particular interest in predicting political attitudes and voting behaviour in New Zealand more generally.