Kalesita Pole

Research assistant

Kalesita joined the Moana Research team as an intern through the Tupu Toa Internship Programme. She is an University of Otago alumni currently studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health, where she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology. 

Kalesita is a New Zealand-born Tongan and was raised in Mangere, South Auckland until her family migrated to Dunedin in 2010. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Pacific people and it is the purpose behind her pursuit of education and future work.