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Areas of expertise

  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Maternal and child health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Sexual Health
  • Family Violence
  • Social, Community and Pacific Health Research
  • Social theories – Unconscious bias
  • Maternal depression
  • Pacific Health Research


  • BHSc
  • MHSc (Honours)
  • PhD

Dr Seini Taufa

Research Lead

Dr Seini Taufa is the Research and Evaluation Lead for Moana Research. Dr Taufa was previously based at the University of Auckland where she taught for over ten years within the departments of Social and Community Health and Pacific Health, School of Population Health.

She also worked part-time as the research lead for TAHA Well Pacific Mother and Infant Service and as the Pacific analyst for the Growing Up in New Zealand Study. Dr Taufa continues to work as an evaluator for TOKO Collaborations (an ethnic specific suicide prevention programme) and on projects such as Taulanga – building health literacy about rheumatic fever in South Auckland. Her extensive research expertise has enabled her to gain skills as a research fellow for the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Services, acquiring further skillsets as both a qualitative and quantitative researcher. Dr Taufa continues to be passionate about working on health-related issues relating to ethnic minorities. Dr Taufa serves in various advisory groups which include The Village Collective and the Pacific Police Advisory Group.

Taufa, S. (2015). A mothers hope: Pacific teenage pregnancy in New Zealand (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/handle/2292/24696

Taufa, S. (2012). Pacific SUDI and Stillbirth: A literature review. Auckland: New Zealand.

Nosa, V. Taufa, S. Percival, T. Ofanoa, M. Underhill-Sem, Y. (2012). Alcohol and Tobacco use in Niue. Oral presentation and Conference paper proceedings for New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence.

Taufa, S., Lennon, D. R., Craig, E., & Anae, M. (2009). South Pacific (Tongan) Teenage Pregnancy in New Zealand. Paper presented at 13th Annual Tonga Research Association Conference, University of California, Berkeley, USA. 3 December – 6 December 2009.
Craig, E., Taufa, S., Jackson, C., Han, Dug Yeo. (2007). The Health of Pacific Children and Young People in New Zealand. New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Centre. Auckland UniServices Ltd: University of Auckland.

Laverack, G. R., Ofanoa, M. M., Nosa, V. H., Faalili, J., & Taufa, S. (2007). Social and cultural perceptions of community empowerment in four Pacific Peoples in Auckland, New Zealand. , 1-67 Other University of Auckland co-authors: Malakai ‘Ofanoa, Vili Nosa , Jacinta Fa’alili-Fidow.