Lesieli Leota


Staff profile

Lesieli Leota

Masters in Nursing Science, Victoria University



Teaching areas



Lesieli Siasau Leota is Tongan, and was born and raised in Tonga.  Her nursing career started at Vaiola Hospital. She then migrated here to New Zealand and worked in various fields in the health sector. Her industry experience includes aged care nursing; palliative nursing; primary health and clinical management

Why I love MIT

I am passionate about helping our Pacific people, working at MIT gives me the opportunity to do that. Love walking alongside the students in their journey and enhancing their knowledge to reach their goals.


  • ‘Undervaluing migrants’ nurses, exacerbates minority health disparities’ – Journal of Neonatal Nursing.

Research interests

  • Project Lead – Pacific Research (PASC).

Memberships and affiliations

  • Pacific Advisory Committee, MIT
  • Pacific Academic Sub-committee, MIT
  • NZ Tonga Nurses Association.