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