Areas of expertise

Consultant Paediatrician Pacific Health Research Child Health Rheumatic Heart Disease Respiratory Tract Infection Disability Regional Pacific Health



Dr Teuila Percival


Dr Teuila Percival is one of the Directors for Moana Research. Previously, she was the Head of Pacific Health Section at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Teuila has extensive research expertise in Pacific health research, in addition to her child health expertise which is often used in New Zealand and in regions in the Pacific and Australasia.

Her portfolio includes being the principal investigator on the Pacific Child Health Indicators project in the Pacific and OPIC 2, the family-based intervention for Pacific children project. Teuila is also involved with research related to rheumatic heart disease in Samoa and respiratory tract infections in children under two in South Auckland. Teuila is Vice-President of the Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), chair of the South Seas Healthcare Trust and serves on several government health advisory groups. In the 2010 Queen’s Birthday honours list, Teuila became a companion of the Queen’s Service Order for her services to the Pacific community.

Peer reviewed journal articles:
Ofanoa M,. Percival T, Huggard P, Buetow S. (2015). Snakes and ladders: Lessons from Pacific Health Promotion. Sociology Study. August 2015, 5(8).

Rankine J. & Percival T. (2015). Pacific Peoples Violence and the Power and Control Wheel. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-27.
Teevale, T., Taufa, S., & Percival, T. (2015). Acceptability and non-compliance in a family-led weight-management programme for obese Pacific children. Public Health Nutrition, 18(14), 2625-2633.

Fa’alili-Fidow, J., McCool, J., & Percival, T. (2014). Trade and health in Samoa: views from the insiders, Biomedical Central Public Health, 14(309).

Ioane J., Lambie I., & Percival T. (2014). A comparison of Pacific, Maori and European violent youth offenders in New Zealand. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Retrieved from 10.1177/0306624X14560725.

Gouda H., Hodge, N., Aumua, A., Charles G., Beaglhole, R., Percival, T., Swinburn, B. & Waqanivalu, T. (2013). Strengthening health information systems for preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases in the Pacific Region. (Working Paper No.33.). Retrieved from

Trenholme, A. A., Byrnes, C.A., McBride, C., Lennon, D.R., Chan-Mow, F., Vogel, A. M., Stewart, J. M. & Percival T. (2013). Respiratory health outcomes one year after admission with severe lower respiratory tract infection. Pediatric Pulmonology, 48(8), 772-9.

Langridge, F. Percival, T. & Stowers, L. (2013). Keeping promises, measuring results: the Pacific Maternal and Child Health Indicators Project. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(2):160-1.

Hopgood, T., Percival, T. & Stewart J. & Ameratunga, S. (2013). A tale of two cities: paradoxical intensity of traffic calming around Auckland schools. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1374): 22-8.

Percival, T., Langridge, F. & Stowers, L. (2013). Keeping Promises measuring results: Implications for maternal and child health in the Pacific. University of Queensland Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub. (Working Paper No. 26.). Retrieved from

Teevale, T., Denny, S., Percival, T. & Fleming, T. (2013). Pacific secondary school students’ access to primary health care in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal,126(1375):58-68.

Percival, T. & Stowers, L. (2012) Pacific child health indicators project: Information for action. Pacific Health Dialogue, 8(1), 193-198.

Trenholme, A., Vogel, A., Lennon, D., McBride, C., Stewart, J., Percival, T. & Mason, H. (2012). Household characteristics of children under 2 years admitted with lower respiratory tract infection in Counties Manukau, South Auckland. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1367),15-23.

Utter, J., Denny, S., Percival, T., Crengle, S., Ameratunga, S., Dixon, R. & Teevale T. (2012). Prevalence of weight related concerns and behaviours among New Zealand Young people. Journal of Paediatric and Child Health, 48(11), 1021-1028.

Lennon, D., Reid, S., Stewart, J., Jackson, C., Crengel, S. & Percival, T. (2012). Reducing inequalities with vaccines: New Zealand’s MeNZB vaccine initiative to control an epidemic. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48(3), 193-201.

Utter, J., Denny, S., Crengle, S., Percival, T. & Ameretunga, S. (2011). Socioeconomic differences in eating related attitudes, behavioiurs and environments for adolescents. Public Health Nutrition, 14 (4), 629-634.

Hosking, J., Jones, R., Percival, T. & Turner, N. (2011). Climate Change: The implications for child health in Austrlasia. Journal of Paediatric and Child Health, 47 (8), 493-496.

McCool, J., Woodward, A. & Percival, T. (2011). Health of Pacific Islanders: Achievements and challenges. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(1), 7-9.

Utter, J., Denny, S., Crengle, S., Ameretaunga, S. & Percival, T. (2010) Overweight among New Zealand Adolescents: Associations with ethnicity and deprivation. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 5(6), 461-466.

Paterson, J., Percival, T., Schluter, P., Sundborn, G., Abbott, M., Carter, S., Cowley-Malcolm, E., Borrows,J. Gao, W., & PIF Study group . (2007). Cohort profile: Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study. International Journal of Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1093/17

Schluter, P.J., Paterson, J. & Percival, T. (2007). Infant care practices associated with SIDS: findings from the Pacific Islands Families study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43(5), 388-393.

Gao, W., Paterson, J., Carter, S., & Percival, T. (2006). Risk factors for preterm and small for gestational age babies. A cohort from the Pacific Islands Families Study (PIF). Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 42, 785-792.

Carter, S., Percival, T., Paterson, J., & Williams, M. (2006). Maternal Smoking: Risks related to maternal asthma and reduced birth weight in a Pacific Island cohort. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1238).

Paterson, J.E., Schluter, P., Percival, T. & Carter, S. (2006). Immunisation of a cohort of Pacific children living in New Zealand over the first 2 years of life. Vaccine, 24, 4883-4889.

Schluter, P., Paterson, J., & Percival, T. (2006). Non-fatal injuries among Pacific infants in Auckland: Data from Pacific islands Families: First Two Years of Life Study. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, 42,128.

Paterson, J.E., Tukuitonga, C., Abbott, M., Feehan, M., Silva, P., Percival, T., Butler, S., Cowley, E., Borrows, J., Williams, M., & Schluter, P. (2006). Longitudinal study of Pacific children born at Middlemore Hospital: Study design and methodology. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1228).

Low P., Paterson, J., Wouldes, T., Butler, S., Williams, M., & Percival, T. (2005). Factors affecting antenatal care attendance by mothers of Pacific infants living in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1216). ISSN 11758716.

O’Hallahan, J., Lennon, D., Oster, P., Lane, R., Reid, S., Mulholland, K., Stewart, J., Penney, L., Percival, T. & Martin, D. From secondary prevention to primary prevention: a unique strategy that gives hope to a country ravaged by meningococcal disease. Vaccine. 23(17-18).

Sexton, K., Lennon, D., Oster, P., Crengle, S., Percival, T., Martin, D., Mullholland, K., Reid, S. & O’Hallahan, J. The New Zealand Meningococcal Vaccine Strategy: a tailor made vaccine to combat a devastating epidemic. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1200).

Peer-reviewed book chapters, book edited:
Percival, T. (2011). Pacific Children. In: (Eds.), Left Further Behind, New Zealand, Child Poverty Action Group NZ.

Paterson, J., & Percival, T. (2006). Infant care practices among Pacific families living in New Zealand. In: Low, J., & Jose, P. (Eds.), Lifespan Development, p101-112, New Zealand, Pearson New Zealand.
Other forms of dissemination (reports for clients, technical reports, popular press, etc):

Ekeroma, A., Perez, D., Percival, T., Mola, G., Sopoanga, F. & Wilkinson, T. (2014). A new medical curriculum for the National University of Samoa: Discussion document. Auckland: New Zealand. Retrieved from

Percival, T. & Stowers, L. (2011). Pacific Child Health Indicators Project – Samoa and Tonga. Initial Report. University of Queensland, HIS HUB.

Peteru, C. & Percival, T. (2010). Samoan Pathways to the prevention of Sexual violence prevention. University of Auckland: New Zealand. Retrieved from

Kingi, P. & Percival, T. (2010). Niue Pathways to the prevention of Sexual Violence. University of Auckland: New Zealand. Retrieved from

Percival, T. & Rankine, J. (2010). Pacific Pathways to Sexual Violence Prevention. University of Auckland: New Zealand. Retrieved from

Pacific Health Review Issue 16 (2012) Rheumatic Fever. Editorial, Article summaries and commentaries.
Pacific Health Review Issues 14 (2012) Respiratory. Article summaries and commentaries

“Best Practice Health Services for Pacific Children” – article for Office of the Children’s Commissioner – CHILDREN 2012: Making best practice standard practice for Children and Youth.