Pacific Innovation

He waka eke noa

A canoe which includes us all

UniServices and Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland have made it a priority to advance world-class research inspired by our place in Aotearoa and the Pacific. As such, strengthening relationships with Pacific communities and businesses is a major aim.

Transdisciplinary research centres focusing on the Pacific include the Centre for Pacific and Global Health, and MĀPIHI: Māori and Pacific Housing Research Centre.

Pacific education is a strong research theme at the Faculty of Education and Pacific health is likewise at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

UniServices works with Pacific communities in New Zealand and the Pacific islands in areas such as Pacific-led education, immunisation support and training, and co-designing programmes and services such as OL@-OR@. We also support the advancement of research with a Pacific lens in areas such as mental health in the Pacific, supporting Pacific learners, combatting rheumatic fever and climate change resilience.

Pacific Innovation Contacts

Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck

Programme Manager – Pacific, Tui Tuia | Learning Circle

More about Dagmar

Dagmar is a practising interdisciplinary artist, Pacific education researcher, teacher, art educator and doctoral student. She has a background in fine arts and a Master of Professional Studies in Education. Contact about: Pacific education, cultural capabilities, art education and leadership.

Pedro van der Ent

Business Development Director – Pacific, Creative Arts, Arts, Business, Law, Education

More about Pedro

Pedro joined UniServices in August 2022. Of Samoan and Dutch descent, he holds an MBA and has 20+ years in business management, sales and client relationships. Contact about: Funding opportunities in creative arts, arts, business, law, education and areas involving Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Region.

Maliaga Erick

Pacific Cultural Clinical Advisor/Matua, Whāraurau

More about Maliaga

Maliaga, a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, is a mother of seven children and grandmother to many. She has a degree in social work and a graduate certificate in dual diagnosis (mental health & drugs and alcohol). Contact about: The mental health workforce, Pacific mental health, parenting.

Moelagi Leilani Jackson

Programme Manager – Pacific, Immunisation Advisory Centre

More about Leilani

Leilani, an experienced registered nurse and programme manager, has been with IMAC since 2021. Contact about: Pacific health, nursing, immunisation, Covid-19.