Logan Hamley

Logan is interested in the stories we tell about our culture, ourselves, and the future, and hopes that his PhD will help him to better serve community.

Iwi: Ngāti Rangi

Programme: Doctor of Philosophy

Subject: Psychology

"When I came through my undergrad, te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori weren’t really present at all, and I had to really find these elsewhere. So I wanted to have these be more clearly explored in my research now. I now ask Māori (young and old) what their relationship is to all of these elements, alongside what other elements of Māori culture they see as important to their lives today.  

"I was always interested in humans and what makes us “tick”. Psychology appealed to me enough to switch my major from Biological Sciences (sorry Biological Sciences!) and I was able to think about complex ideas about group dynamics, prejudice and racism, mental health, gender and so many other important parts of peoples’ lives.

"I am interested in stories: stories we tell about ourselves, others and that society tells about us. For my current research, I am interested in young Māori men in the city, the stories we tell about our culture, ourselves, and the future. I am supervised by Dr Jade Le Grice and Professor Nicola Gavey within the School of Psychology.

Psychology means lots of things to different people – it can be about making sense of who we are as people, why we “do” what we do, and what we can do to make things better.

Logan Hamley

"Psychology for me right now is a place to imagine Māori stories differently. Psychology is really hard to pin down to just one thing. And I like that complexity. I have dabbled in social psychology, clinical psychology and now am somewhere in Māori/Indigenous Psychology. In some ways I am ‘on the margins’ of Psychology, because I don’t draw on the same ideas of ways of knowing that other psychologists do. However, where I am now I get to do things differently, write poetry, talk to amazing people, and write different stories about who Māori are.

"I grew up in Auckland so this university was always present from high school. Most of my friends went here, and my family lived nearby, so it felt natural to come here. 

"I hope this qualification leads me to better serve community – I don’t really know what this looks like as a “career” but I know that this research will give me a better sense of who I am and what skills I have to offer.

"Tuākana to me has been essential since third year. It was really validating to have a space for Māori and Pasifika students, we existed here on campus and we were able to flourish here on our own terms. So, to be able to give back to the space was so important to me and why I continue to be involved in the space.

"University is a complex place and navigating it can be really hard. I am really indebted to those who came before me, and those who have supported me throughout my years of study and the many friends who I have made along the way. Ngā mihi!"