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About us

The Growing pearls of wisdom - Pasifika@Massey 2020 strategy (8,359 KB) was launched in 2013. One of the key recommendations was that Massey University establish a Pacific Research and Policy Centre 'as the research knowledge hub for Massey'. The establishment of the centre is seen as an exciting and long overdue development for Massey. It gives focus and a new impetus to the already considerable research activity by Massey in the Pacific.

What is the Pacific Research and Policy Centre, and what do we do?

The Centre provides an opportunity to significantly increase Massey University’s research activities with regard to Pacific/Pasifika issues and communities, both within New Zealand and in the Pacific. As a university-based centre, our core focus is encouraging research and communicating the findings of that research to relevant stakeholder communities. The centre will contribute to policy developments and debates as our authoritative evidence base expands.

What do we offer?

Our research strengths span an extensive range of academic topics relating to Pasifika peoples, and the Pacific region.
We are seeking to work in ethically responsible ways, using Pasifika methodologies where appropriate. We aim to nurture enduring, mutually beneficial partnerships with our external collaborators.

Contact us

For more information about the centre please contact: 

Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, Co-Director Pacific Research & Policy Centre and Director-Pasifika@Massey

Professor Regina Scheyvens, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Litea Meo-Sewabu, Research officer/coordinator   

or email

Meet the team

Malakai Koloamatangi

Paul Spoonley

Regina Scheyvens

Litea Meo-Sewabu

Emma Hughes

The Pacific Research Caucus

While the centre is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, we seek to bring researchers from across Massey together, to collaborate on Pacific/Pasifika research projects. Our centre also provides a forum to discuss ongoing research and projects relating to Pacific/Pasifika. The Pacific Research Caucus ensures that there is broad participation and ownership of the centre.

Associate Professor Bobbie Hunter
Dr. Anna Powles
Dr. Elena Garnevska
Dr. Fiva Fa’alau
Dr. Helen Leslie
Dr. Jodie Hunter
Dr. Nirmala Nath
Dr. Penny Haworth
Dr. Pushpa Woods
Dr. Siautu Alefaio
Dr. Sunia Foliaki
Dr. Tracie Mafile’o
Dr. Trisia Farrelly
Euan Robertson
Professor Julian Heyes
Professor Peter Lockhart
Sarah Jane Parton
Siata Tavite

Pacific research and policy centre management group

L to R: Emma Hughes, Malcolm Mulholland, Distn Prof Paul Spoonley, Prof Rukmani Gounder, Assc Prof Malakai Koloamatangi, Prof Regina Scheyvens, Litea Meo-Sewabu, Prof Mandy Morgan

Absent: Prof Peter Lockhart, Dr Sunia Foliaki, Prof Tony Whincup