Pasifika researchers and researchers with 'Pacific hearts' work as academic staff or in other areas within MIT. The emphasis at MIT is being able to take indigenous research methodologies and use them to inform our programmes of learning.  There are various subcommittees that sit under the Academic Board to ensure that Pasifika ways of knowing and being, makes its way into our certificates, diplomas and degrees.

Staff are encouraged to enrol in internal professional learning development sessions to inform and improve their Pasifika cultural intelligence designed by MIT's Pasifika Development Office (PDO).

  • Anamua Lole, MEd

    Senior Lecturer, School of Education


    “Researching our Samoan concepts to inform policy and pedagogy in the education of our people in Aotearoa NZ”.

  • Dr Melanie (Mel) Wong, PhD

    Senior Lecturer, Academic Lead (Curriculum and Research), School of Social Work and Sport


    “A holistic approach, built on support from different stakeholders with diverse viewpoints, might be a useful way of advocating for in how to support the diverse learning needs of all learners, including those who are Pasifika”. (Wong, 2019)

    Dr Wong’s PhD Thesis can be located here.

  • Dr Neel Pandey, PhD

    Head of Professional Engineering


    “Growing the pipeline of Pasifika students entering engineering from secondary school is critical to boosting the engineering workforce”.

    Pandey, Neel Kant. Modelling Gait Attributes Using Single and Multiple Viewpoints for Human Identification (2012). Print.

  • Lila Mauigoa Tekene, MEd

    Senior Lecturer, School of Education


    “One way to ensure that their approach was culturally appropriate was to select mentors from Maori and Pasifika. Correspondingly MIT PASS programme considered the cultural needs of the students and matched students with mentors with similar cultural backgrounds”.