Our Story

Our Mission

To shine a light on resilient and sustainable Pasifika communities by, Leading different types of research that engage Pasifika communities. Bridging the gap between academia and everyday realities by applying our core principle of NIU – Navigating In Unity. Contributing towards producing new knowledge and transformative change, to create safe spaces for empowering people to flourish and thrive.

Core Values

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Faith-led

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Authentic Connection

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Service-hearted

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Courageous courage

Meet Our Team

Coconuts

Dr. Siautu Alefaio-Tugia

FOUNDER
THINKER
DOER 

Petra Satele

LEADER
RESEARCH-NAVIGATOR
SCHOLAR-ACTIVIST 

Kotalo Leau

LEADER
RESEARCH-NAVIGATOR
COMMUNITY-CONNECTOR 

 

Marlon Naepi

LEADER
RESEARCH-NAVIGATOR
INNOVATIVE-INFLUENCER 

Matt Luani

LEADER
RESEARCH-NAVIGATOR
CULTURAL-INDIGENOUS DESIGNER  
 

Research Village

Rochelle Nafatali

Talanoa with Pacific parents of autistic children in Aotearoa.

Velonika Nikki Falaniko

Community Surveillance of Freshwater in Oceania: A Study in Samoa

Alosina Nua

The importance of sustaining equitable health outcomes for Pacific communities

Taulaga Monica Auva'a-Alatimu

Loto Maliē (wilful heart): Understanding Pacific youth mental wellbeing

Eirenei Taua’i

Exploring the elder caregiving experiences of Samoan carers during COVID19 pandemic alert level 4 lockdown

Malcolm Andrews

Na Veivakacokotaki ena Draki Veisau (Sustaining in a Climate of Cascading Disasters): Building forward better through an indigenous Fijian worldview for sustainable livelihoods.

Gloria Finau

Impact of Social media amongst Pacific communities

Our Village

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