Nalei Taufa

Senior Research

Nalei Taufa is a senior researcher at Moana Research. Her current projects are exploring Whānau and Stakeholder experiences of engaging Oranga Tamariki. Further, Nalei is involved in Pacific Data Sovereignty Network, whereby Moana Research are the secretariat. 

She previously worked at the Auckland Regional Public Health Service following her Masters of Public Health, before becoming research lead at Le Vā. Nalei joined our team in 2020. 

Nalei has studied with a Bachelor of Health Science, Postgraduate diploma in Public Health (specialising in Pacific Health), Masters of Public Health (Hons), Graduate diploma in Applied theology, Honours degree in Science (majoring in Psychology) (Hons) and she is completing a Masters of Science (majoring in Psychology). She hopes to progress to doctoral studies and is exploring the area of loss and grief. Her dissertations and theses previously, have focused on Kava consumption within the Tongan community, Pacific experiences of homelessness, and Tongan experiences of distress and resiliency. 

She is passionate about Pacific health equity, storytelling through tālanoa, and advocating for Pacific health and wellbeing gains through the modalities of research, evaluation, and media analysis.