Rachael Ann Selby

Ngāti Raukawa

1949 -

Rachael Selby was born in Otaki and was educated at Taihape School, Queen Victoria School for Māori Girls, and Mars Area High, Mars, Pennsylvania, USA. Selby attended Palmerston North Teachers’ College, graduating with a Teacher’s Training Certificate in 1969, a B.A. in 1981, and an M. Phil in Social Policy in 1996 from Massey University. She works as a teacher, educator and lecturer in Social Policy and Social Work at Massey University. She aspires to writing short stories and novels and is currently writing research reports.

Biographical sources

  • Correspondence with Selby, 22 Aug, 1997 and 1 Aug. 1998.


  • "My Whanau." Social Work in Action. Ed. Robyn Munford and Mary Nash. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Dunmore, 1994. 144-51.
  • Selby writes of the many expressions and benefits of whanau in the Māori community and draws from her own experiences as a mother and marae member.
  • "Watchout for the Quicksand: Ethics and Practice." Te Komako: Social Work Review 7.1 (1995): 19-20.
  • In this discussion of the conflicting value systems which emerge from the outworkings of the Privacy Act, Selby outlines the differences between the tangata whenua and tauiwi models of whanau and client.
  • "Rapua Te Ara Tika." Indigenous Education Journeys in North America. March 1997. No further details.
  • Co-authored with Whare Te Moana.
  • "From the Researched to the Researchers: Māori Women sharing their positions." Rachael Selby, Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata, and Hine Waitere-Ang. The Indigenous Future. Ed. N. T. Curtis, J. H. Howse and L. S. McLeod. Auckland, N.Z.: NZEAS in association with AIT, 1997.
  • Three Māori women discuss their experiences as researchers working within whanau, hapu and Māori communities. They highlight concerns and challenges for researchers.
  • Rapua Te Ara Tika: Indigenous Education Journeys in North America: A Report to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. [Wellington, N.Z.: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 1997].
  • Co-authors Whare Te Moana and Rachael Selby.
  • Still Being Punished. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 1999.
  • Te Korowai Aroha: Ephra’s Quilt. Ed. Rachael Selby and Jo Rosier. Palmerston North, N.Z.: School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, 2002.
  • Māori and Oral History: A Collection. Ed. Rachael Selby and Alison J. Laurie. Wellington, N.Z.: NOHANZ, 2005.
  • Walking the Talk: A Collection of Tariana’s Papers. Ed. R. A. Selby. Otaki, N.Z.: Te Wananga-o-Raukawa, 2005.
  • Tariana Turia and Rachael Selby.
  • Māori and the Environment: Kaitiaki. Ed. Rachael Selby, Pataka J. G. Moore and Malcolm Mulholland. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia, 2010.
  • Theses

  • "A Study Of The Factors Which Contribute To Success For Māori Women In Tertiary Education." M. Phil. Thesis. Massey U. 1996. Rpt. in He Parekereke: Occasional Publication Series 6.3. Wellington, N.Z.: He Parekereke, Dept. of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, c. 1996.


  • Māori And The Social Services: An Annotated Bibliography. Rachael Selby, Leland Ruwhiu, and Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata. Pt. 1. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Rachael Selby, Leland Ruwhiu and Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata; Dept. of Social Policy and Social Work, Massey University, 1996.
  • An annotated bibliography focussing on Māori and the Social Services which is divided into ten sections: Te Tiriti of Waitangi, Tino Rangātiratanga, Māori and Bi-culturalism, Māori Development in Aotearoa, Social Policy and History, Working with Tangata Whenua in Aotearoa, Māori and Health, Māori and the Justice System in Aotearoa New Zealand, Leadership in Te Ao Māori, and Mana Wāhine.