Pacific Reference Group
Dr El-Shadan (Dan) Tautolo
Dr Tautolo is of Cook Islands Maori and Samoan heritage, and is passionate about research and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific families and communities.
He is the Associate Director of the Pacific Islands Families Study, which is a longitudinal study of the health and wellbeing of over 1,000 Pacific children and their families. Dr Tautolo has also been involved in research projects funded by the Health Research Council, Ministry of Health, Heart Foundation of New Zealand, and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.
Misatauveve Dr Melani Anae QSO
Dr Anae is a senior lecturer in Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, at the University of Auckland. She specialises in Pacific ethnicity, health and wellbeing, education, Pacific research methodologies and Pacific approaches to social issues, and has published extensively in these areas.
She focuses on ethnic identity among first and second-generation Pacific peoples born in the diaspora, and has developed successful strategies for improving research outcomes for Pacific peoples, families and communities.
Ieti is the Principal Researcher for the newly established Health Promotion Forum’s Research Unit, and has been involved in the Forum’s Pacific health development portfolio, Academic Reference Group and Pacific Reference Group.
His research interests include social, cultural, public health and community development initiatives. Ieti has a PhD in Sociology, a Masters in Development Studies and a BA in Political Studies and Sociology.
Jacinta was born in Samoa and raised and still lives in South Auckland. She has a Masters in Public Health and is the manager of the TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service based at the University of Auckland.
Jacinta has held roles in primary care, quality coordination, research funding processes and public health services policy, funding and planning. She has a passion for maternal and infant health and improving Pacific pregnancy and parenting.
Makoni is an Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Advisory and Cultural Trust. He has a background in teaching in Tonga and Auckland, and has worked in roles focusing on youth development, climate change, community issues and economic cooperation and trade.
Makoni is a believer in coaching and motivating others to achieve. He received his BCom, MCom, and MBA from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He has a passion for Pacific Community development in all areas of lives. Social enterprise is his development dream for Pacific community group and families.
Angie is a Samoan-born New Zealander and has a background in stakeholder relationships in New Zealand and the Pacific. She is studying for a PhD in media studies, communications and journalism focusing on the portrayal of Pacific Island workers in the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme by the New Zealand print media.
Angie brings her strengths in communications and extensive knowledge of working with Pasifika communities to the Pacific Reference Group. She is a fluent Samoan speaker.