What would you describe as your area of expertise?
In any group or community, changes to intergenerational attitudes and beliefs is complex and challenging. Engaging and communicating in a way that resonates with multiple worldviews of diverse Pacific communities allows me to guide conversations that support people to critically rethink their understandings of wellbeing and to make sustainable lifestyle choices without disrupting their cultural obligations.
Which projects are you most proud of?
Conceptualising knowledge and practices across contrasting and disparate cultures takes time and requires vigilance. I am privileged to have worked with individuals and groups representative of eight New Zealand based Pacific communities to develop their individual conceptual frameworks to address family violence. The conversation approaches were informed by the talanoa and faafaletui Pacific models. I was excited by the positive responses to community consultations taken across the country, the processes of information/knowledge gathering, and the intensity of scrutiny and critique applied to ensure that interpretation and translation of language and concepts were relevant and accurate to each community’s social and cultural contexts. This project enhanced my awareness of the impact that the correct understanding of concepts, their appropriate communication and robust discussion can significantly change lives.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I view each day as an opportunity to add value to people’s lives.
Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value. Albert Einstein