Stella Black 

Researcher, School of Nursing, The University of Auckland 

Stella Black (BA/LLB, PhD candidate), is of Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Whakatōhea descent and lives in Mount Maunganui.  She has worked as a Researcher in the School of Nursing, since 2011 on a number of research projects in the fields of mental health and addictions but more recently she has expanded her research interests to cancer research, palliative care and the end of life fields.  Stella has a particular passion in working with Māori young and old across a range of topics.


Stella is excited to be able to share some views from urban and rurally located kaumātua (Māori elders) interviews about their experiences of being mokemoke or not. Mokemoke can be understood as loneliness, solitude or isolation. There were varying perspectives of what these concepts may mean for kaumātua (elders) in differing contexts, this research provides  insights for all, as age concern everyone.