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The Australian National University

Maria Haenga-Collins

Position: PhD Student

School or Centre:

School of History
Australian Centre for Indigenous History


Phone: 260254044

Location: HC Coombes Building, Room 2102


Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) (Massey University)

Master of Social Work (Massey University)


Maria Haenga-Collins is a PhD candidate in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History. The working title of her thesis is Closed Stranger Adoption and Māori (1955-1985): Violence, Sex, and Race.

Maria is from New Zealand and is of Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngāi Tahu and Irish descent.

Research Interests

  • Adoption (cross-cultural adoption)
  • Cultural/Indigenous studies (cultural identities, ‘race’ and racism)
  • Māori research methodologies


Haenga-Collins, M., & Gibbs, A. (2015). ‘Walking Between Worlds’: The experiences of New Zealand Māori cross-cultural adoptees. Adoption & Fostering, 39(1), 62-75.

Haenga-Collins, M. (2014). ‘Fragments from an Adopted Daughter’. Australian Journal of Adoption, 8(2).

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