About Me

I am a lecturer at IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute.  My current research uses a Pacific-oriented and culturally-centred narrative methodology to engage with the Pacific people’s conceptualizations of illness, wellness and healing.  The research is implemented through three pathways: Pacific media framing of health, health discourse in developing and developed worlds, and conceptual metaphors of health.

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise

Narrative analysis, Discourse and society, Health communication, Media and collective memory, Anniversary journalism, News media, Pacific media, Contemporary and traditional media, Frame analysis, Academic Writing, Qualitative and quantitative research writing, Transcription and translation


PhD in Linguistics (2011, Massey University), Master of Arts (2003, University of Auckland), Bachelor of Arts (2000, University of the South Pacific), CELTA

Awards and Distinctions

2017            Researcher of the Year Award (Contestable), IPU New Zealand

2016            Visiting scholar, Avondale College of Higher Education, Sydney:                                            Centre for Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

2015-2016 Research Associate, The University of Waikato

2013-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics, The University of Waikato.                                         Funded by the University of Waikato’s Strategic Investment Funds

2011           Researcher of the Year Award (Contestable), IPU New Zealand

2000         Valedictorian, The University of the South Pacific.                                                                      Highest GPA amongst all undergraduates

2000        Gold medallist in Linguistics, The University of the South Pacific.                                       Highest GPA amongst all Linguistics undergraduates


Current Teaching Experience, Course Development and Administration (2006 to present)

Language and Communication

Intercultural communication

English as an International Language

The Study of Language

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

Academic Writing for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Writing for Professional Purposes

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Skills Methods

Quantitative Research Skills Methods

Supervision of graduate research projects

Masters Thesis Examiner

Previous Teaching Experience (2001-2005)

ESOL Lecturer at Waikato University’s ESOL centre (Auckland), UNITEC (Auckland), Longburn Adventist College (Palmerston North), UCOL (Palmerston North)

Volunteer work (2003)

Masterton Community Centre (Masterton): Teaching ESL to New Migrants


Board member 

New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) Health Board

Organizational membership

Diabetes New Zealand

New Zealand AIDS Foundation

New Zealand Linguistics Society

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