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Who we are

Ruth Hungerford (BSocSc, MSocSc(HonsI), PGDipPsych(Com)

Ruth Hungerford is a community psychologist and the founder, director and principal researcher of Momentum Research & Evaluation Limited. She has a Masters in Social Science with first class honours and a Post graduate Diploma in Psychology (Community).

Ruth has nearly 20 years experience as a researcher, trainer, facilitator and writer. She has been a self employed researcher since 1992, setting up her first consultancy as a partnership (Hungerford Hutchings) in 1996, followed by Momentum (first as a sole trader and now as a company) in 1998.

She has been the project manager and/or principal researcher for more than 60 research and evaluation projects, and as well has taught university graduate papers in evaluation research and third year papers in research skills at the Waikato Institute of Technology. Read more about what Ruth has done.

Ruth has a reputation for being easy to work with, undertaking high-quality work, and meeting deadlines. Read more about who our clients are.

Ruth is an Associate of the Community Psychology Programme at the University of Waikato and a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA).

Who works for us and with us

Momentum works with other research colleagues on projects of mutual interest. This is a bit about some of the people who work for us and/or who we work with:

Andrea Elliott-Hohepa (Ngati Maniapoto/ Ngati Maru: Waikato, Ngati Pahauwera, Ngati Kahungunu). LLB, Master Indigenous Studies (Hons), Phd candidate)

Andrea has been involved in research for nearly 20 years in a range of sectors. Initially, her involvement in research was focussed in the area of legal and land research and she contributed to a number of research reports for at least four Waitangi Tribunal Claims. She then moved into the educational sector, lecturing in tribal research, Treaty of Waitangi and related issues, critical analysis, adult education and professional development. She established a community research unit in her role as research manager for Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa, with an emphasis on the use of kaupapa Maori research methodologies. Andrea's business, OTS Consulting works on projects that have a direct positive outcome to Maori communities and indigenous groups. Clients include: Te Wananga o Aotearoa, the Department of Corrections, ALAC, Unitec and the Ministry of Education. She works with Momentum on research projects of mutual interest, and as well, provides cultural advice and support to Momentum regarding tikanga Maori and kaupapa Maori research methodologies.

Jodie Robertson (Tainui,Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Apakura, Ngati Rora), BSocSc(Hons), BLS, GradDipSocSc, MSocSc, PGDipPsych(Com)

Jodie Robertson is a community psychologist and social researcher. She works with Momentum on research projects of mutual interest. Ruth and Jodie recently completed an evaluation for the Waikato District Health Board. Read about it here and are working on an evaluation of Community Approach (a young offender programme). She has her own research business, Te Raukura Rangahau, and has worked with the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, the Waikato District Health Board and as a researcher for Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa Jodie has wide experience working in a range of settings within the health and education sectors including: health promotion, mental health, youth health, alcohol-related harm, dual diagnosis, Maori models and measurement of health, evaluation research and secondary school education (both mainstream and Maori education within mainstream settings).

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