Lydia Teatao


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Lydia Teatao



Teaching areas

Social work


Lydia Teatao is of Kiribati descent. She has been working intensively in the communities of Porirua, Wellington and South Auckland as a team lead and social worker. Lydia also has a passion to work within the Pacific community in her spare time to alleviate intimate partner violence. She is a writer and lead facilitator for the Nga Vaka o Kaiga Tapu Boutokaan te Mweeraoi Kiribati programme for enhancing the wellbeing of I-Kiribati in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lydia joined MIT in August 2021.

Why I love MIT

I love MIT because of the type of work we are doing. The environment is relaxed, and students get the support they want either on a personal level or as a tertiary student. The programmes offered at MIT can get the students anywhere they want through the learning and experience they have from MIT. This place is special as we get to mould future social work practitioners.

Memberships and affiliations

  • Registered social worker