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Dr Moses Faleolo PhD, Cert.Tert.Tchg, MSW (Hons.)

Lecturer

School of Social Work

Moses is a NZ-born Samoan. His father, Leaula, which is an oratory chief title from his father's village called Saleaula, and raised in his mother's village called Falelima, Savai'i Island, Samoa. He is a church elder, lay preacher and retired labourer. His mother, Pepe, is from the village of Leusoali'i, Upolu Island (Samoa), and is a Justice of the Peace, Lay Advocate and former early childhood educator. 

Moses practised social work for over 10 years before becoming an academic. He worked with youth offenders and young people with behavioural issues both in government and community organisations. He is currently a lecturer and oversees the Bachelor of Social Work degree program at Massey University. He believes it's important to work on the frontline in order to be an effective lecturer so when he teaches and supervises he brings alive the theoretical and clinical aspects of social and community work practice. So he is a registered social worker and has strong community networks.  

He has published nationally and internationally in the area of social work education and youth gangs. His most recent is in New Zealand Sociology's 2016 journal called, "From the street to the village: The transfer of New Zealand youth gang culture to Samoa". His PhD entitled "Hard-Hard-Solid: Life histories of Samoans in Bloods Youth Gangs in New Zealand" is the first of its kind that features 18 months of engagement and interviews with this hard-to-reach population group and gaining national media recognition on television programs such as One Network News in April 2014 and Tagata Pasifika in May 2015.  

He has advised on local and government policy developments particularly in youth health, designed and written various courses for certificate, diploma and degree programs, supervised numerous post-graduate research projects and practitioners in the field. He has presented in numerous conferences including Samoa, Vietnam and Denmark. He is currently developing publications like the effects of unresolved grief on youth gang members, the desensitisation of youth gang members through substance abuse before participating in violence, and a proposed post-doctoral research study about Girls in New Zealand youth gangs. 



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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: QA2.38, Quadrangle A Building
    Campus: Albany

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work - Massey University (2015)
  • Certificate in Tertiary Teaching - Manukau Institute of Technology (2007)
  • Master of Social Work - Massey University (2003)

Prizes and Awards

  • The Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare and Education Research (ANZSWWER) award for best abstract in the theme "Innovations in Practice" - Pacific social work collaborations: Bridging gaps, challenging dominant discourses and our journey thus far". - The Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare and Education Research organisaton (2017)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Publications

Authored book

Faleolo, M.M. (2009). The Pasifika 'voice' in social work education: annotated bibliography 1998-2008. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Chapter in book

Faleolo, M.M. (2013). Cultural authentication in social work education: a balancing act. In C.      Noble, M. Henrickson & I.Y. Han (Eds.). Social work education: Voices from the Asia Pacific (pp. 105-132). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press. 

Faleolo, M.M. (2013). Pacific volunteering: A personal perspective. In F. Te Momo, L.George, & T. Brown-Pulu (Ed.). Mana Ngakau: Community Compassion - Māori and Pasifika 'Volunteer' Work (pp. 67-83). Auckland, New Zealand: Office of AVC (Māori & Pasifika) Massey University.

Faleolo, M.M. (2013). Horseing it and fried up: Health risks for Samoans in South Auckland Bloods youth gangs. In N. Seve-Williams, M. Taumoepeau, & E. Saafi (Ed.). Pacific Edge: Transforming knowledge into innovative practice. Research papers from the fourth Health Research Council of New Zealand Pacific Health Research Fono (pp. 49-56). Auckland, New Zealand: Health Research Council of New Zealand. 

Faleolo, M.M. (2009). Culturally valid social work education: A Samoan perspective. In C.Noble, M. Henrickson & I.Y. Han (Ed.). Social work education: Voices from the Asia Pacific (pp. 149-172). Victoria, Australia: The Vulgar Press.

Conference presentation

Faleolo, M.M. (2012, June). Same but different: The integration of Asian and Pacific Island worldviews for social work education. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Work and Social Policy, Hanoi, Vietnam.  

Faleolo, M.M. (2012, April). Horseing it and fried up: Health risks for Samoans in South Auckland Bloods Youth Gangs. Paper presented at the Pacific Edge: Transforming knowledge into innovative practice. Health Research Council Pacific Health Research Fono, Auckland, New Zealand. 

Faleolo, M.M. (2011, December). From the Street to the Village: The transfer of youth gang culture in New Zealand to Samoa. Paper presented at the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association 12th Conference, University of South Pacific, Samoa Campus, Apia, Samoa.  

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Clinical Social Work Practice (160701): Counselling, Welfare and Community Services (160702): Social Work (160700): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

Administration (Social Work), Adolescent Development, Advocacy, Child Abuse, Child Development, Child Protection, Child Welfare, Clinical Social Work, Community Development, Cross-cultural human relationships, Discrimination, Cultural Practices, Cultural Worldviews, Dual Identity crisis, Education (Social Work), Ethics (Social Work), Ethnic minorities, Ethncity, Families, Gangs, Multicultural issues, Pacific, Pasifika, Racism, Race Relations, Religion, Samoan studies, School Social Work, Spirituality (Social Work), Supervision (Cultural), Youth, Youth Gangs, Youth Justice

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Book

Faleolo, MM. (2013). Pacific volunteering: A personal perspective. In F. Te Momo, L. George, & T. Brown Pulu (Eds.) Mana Ngakau: Community Compassion - Māori and Pasifika 'Volunteer' Work. (pp. 67 - 83). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University - Office of the Directorate Pasifika
[Chapter]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2013). Cultural authentication in social work education: A balancing act. In C. Noble, M. Henrickson, & IY. Han (Eds.) Social work education: Voices from the Asia Pacific. (pp. 105 - 132). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM.(2009). The Pasifika "Voice" in Social Work Education in Aotearoa New Zealand: An annotated bibliography 1998-2008. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
[Authored Book]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2009). Cultural Valid Social Work Education: A Samoan perspective. In C. Noble, M. Henrickson, & IY. Han (Eds.) Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia Pacific. (pp. 149 - 172). Victoria: The Vulgar Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Faleolo, M.

Journal

Faleolo, MM. (2016). From the street to the village: The transfer of NZ youth gang culture to Sāmoa. New Zealand Sociology. 31(2), 48-73
[Journal article]Authored by: Faleolo, M.

Thesis

Faleolo, MM. (2015). Hard Hard Solid Life Histories of Samoans in Bloods youth gangs in New Zealand. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Faleolo, M.

Conference

Sua-Tavila, A., Yeates, DB., Kuir-Ayius, D., Lawihin, D., Ravulo, J., Vasutoga, K., . . . Walsh-Tapiata, W. (2017, September). Pacific social work collaborations: Bridging gaps, challenging dominant discourses and our journey thus far.. Presented at ANZSWWER Symposium 2017 Challenging Dominant Discourses. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Mafileo, T.Contributed to by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM.(2015, September). Slanging to blaze up and juice up - Drug consumption in Samoan Bloods youth gangs in New Zealand. .
[Conference]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2013). Horseing it and fried up: Health risks for Samoans in South Auckland Bloods youth gangs.. In N. Seve-Williams, M. Taumoepeau, & E. Saafi (Eds.) .. (pp. 49 - 56). Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2012, April). Horseing it and fried up: Health risks for Samoans in South Auckland Bloods Youth Gangs.. Presented at Health Research Council Pacific Health Research Fono. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2012, June). Same but different: The integration of Asian and Pacific Island worldviews for social work education.. Presented at International Conference on Social Work and Social Policy. Hanoi, Vietnam.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2011, December). From the street to the village: The transfer of youth gang culture in New Zealand to Samoa.. Presented at Pacific Islands Political Studies Association 12th Conference. Apia, Samoa.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM.(2011, December 8). From the Street to the Village: The Transfer of Youth Gang Culture in New Zealand to Samoa. In From the Street to the Village: The Transfer of Youth Gang Culture in New Zealand to Samoa, 12th Pacific Island Political Studies Association Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM. (2010, May). The Samoans of South Auckland: Life History, Socialisation and Youth Gangs. Presented at Pacific Post graduate Talanoa Series - BRCSS Network. Massey University, Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Faleolo, M.
Faleolo, MM., Milne, J., & Clarke, J.What is culturally appropriate assessment?. . Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
[Conference Other]Authored by: Faleolo, M.

Other

Faleolo, MM. (2015, June). The Ifoga - a cross cultural approach in restorative justice. In Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Centre for Innovative Justice. Presented at Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Faleolo, M.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Samoan
    Last used: July 2011
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Average

Media and Links

Media

  • 24 Apr 2017 - Online
    South Auckland students explore Health career
    An online "LiveNews - breaking news" item showcasing a recruitment event I was involved in. Fifty year 12 and 13 Pasifika Health Science Academy students spent time at Massey University's Auckland cam
  • 24 Apr 2012 - Television
    Gangs targeting kids as young as 8
    A national news item put together by TVNZ Channel One News that featured an interview with me regarding my PhD research into youth gangs. I mentioned that local youth gangs in South Auckland were targ
  • 23 Mar 2017 - Radio
    Young Samoan offenders struggle with repatriation
    A radio interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation News Pacific Best journalist Sean Mantesso about my publication in New Zealand Sociology regarding the transfer of New Zealand youth gang cul
  • 20 Mar 2017 - Radio
    Returning troubled boys to Samoa
    "Returning troubled boys to Samoa could do more harm than good" is an interview with a reporter from Radio New Zealand on the practice because it actually transfers New Zealand youth gang culture to S
  • 16 Mar 2017 - Online
    Study: Forced return migration of troubled young
    A subgroup of Radio New Zealand International news, Pacific Islands Report, features an online article on my publication regarding sending wayward Samoan teenagers from New Zealand to Samoa that unint
  • 15 Sep 2015 - Television
    Talanoa - Pacific Youth Gangs
    A television interview on Televison New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika program between presenter Marama Tapau and me. The interview highlights my PhD thesis as the first of its kind that examines Samoan yo
  • 13 Mar 2017 - Newspaper
    Misbehaving gangsters sent to the islands
    A New Zealand Herald article by Vaimoana Tapaleao reporting on my publication in New Zealand Sociology journal about the practice of sending wayward Samoan young people from New Zealand to Samoa. It n
  • 08 Mar 2013 - Online
    All hands on deck to fight drug use in gang study
    A web article citing my conference presentation and book chapter publication about the effects of methamphetamine and other drugs usage on Samoan youth gang members including the mixing with alcohol.
  • 06 Apr 2017 - Magazine, Online
    Is sending troubled youths back to islands really
    "Is sending troubled youths back to the islands really the answer?" This is title of an article that was published by Spasifik Magazine that covered a journal publication in New Zealand Sociology and

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