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Phoebe Fordyce

Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāti Panginui

Kaitātari Rangahau me ngā Kaupapahere | Policy & Research Analyst

About Phoebe

Phoebe (she/her/ia) grew up in Northland and Canterbury but now lives in Tāmaki Makaurau. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Canterbury, where her research focused on the relationships between Māori and Pākehā women of the WCTU in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

Phoebe enjoys research and education, with a particular interest in Māori history and Indigenous knowledge. She has previously worked as a tutor and research assistant and greatly enjoys teaching and learning. At Te Tira Whakamātaki Phoebe works primarily in the policy space, particularly drafting and consultation. She is passionate about fostering Te Tiriti-led policy. 


Alongside Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt she is co-leading Ngā Taura ki a Papatūānuku, the Inaugural Indigenous environmental youth and early career network. She is also a member of Tikanga a Rangahau, the Māori research ethics council.


Phoebe’s achievements include:

  • College of Arts Honours Māori Scholarship (2018)

  • UC Ngata Centenary Doctoral Scholarship (2019)

  • Rosemary Seymour Research and Archives Māori Women’s Award (2021)

  • PhD Thesis: ‘Sisters in the Work’: Māori and Pākehā Women of the WCTU (1892-1918)

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