Heather is a seventh generation Pākehā New Zealander based at Auckland University of Technology. Her background is in public health and social justice activism. Her research focuses on critical policy analysis, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, anti-racism and institutional racism in the health sector. Came is a founding member and co-chair of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism has prepared expert evidence for Waitangi Tribunal, and to United Nations human rights committees. In 2020 she founded Te Tiriti based futures + Anti racism (Decol) series of virtual anti-racism gatherings. She was a joint winner of 2021 Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui Public Health Champion Award and in 2022 Heather was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Māori, education and health. She also leads a racial justice consultancy – Heather Came & Associates.