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Litea joined the School in 2009 from the University's Student Learning and Development Centre as a Pacific Learning Consultant. She graduated with a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University's School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana and a Bachelor of Science from Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee both in the United States. She is currently a PhD candidate in which she is exploring the cultural constructs of health and wellbeing of Indigenous Fijian women in Fiji and New Zealand. She has also worked with the Pacific Development group within the School and Pasifika@Massey to create the Certificate in Pacific Development. She currently teaches the Pacific content of the Bachelors of Social Work curriculum (years 1-4) and Masters of Applied Social Work.
Litea also works closely with the wider Manawatu Pacific community and is part of the Pacific Health Advisory Group(MCDHB). In 2007 she was commissioned by Mid Central Health Board along with Dr. Tracie Mafileo to produce the Niu Pacific Health Plan for the Manawatu region.
Women and Indigenous constructs of Health & Wellbeing
Praxis of Ethics process within indigenous populations
Community Development in Pacific communities
Notions of empowerment within Indigenous groups
Project Title: The land has eyes and teeth: customary landowners' entanglements with economic systems in the Pacific
Date Range: 2017 - 2020
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
Coordinator of Certificate in Pacific Development
230.102 Pacific Peoples in New Zealand
179.230 Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand
179.784 Social & Community Work Practice II
Pacific content within the BSW & MASW programme