The NZIPR is building a dynamic model of donor contributions in the Pacific, with easily accessible analysis of their impact.
Attached to this will be further analyses of geopolitical trends in donor activity, and the establishment of a baseline for later analyses and updates of this database.
This project, complete by 2017, will also explore implications for New Zealand donor contributions and their significance for recipient countries.
Associate Professor Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa.
Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa is head of Pacific Studies, and Co-Head of Te Wananga o Waipapa (the School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies) at the University of Auckland.
He also serves as the University’s Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement. He is a prizewinning scholar who is the author and editor of a number of works on the Pacific, government and politics.
He is currently working on a project tracing 200 years of environmental, economic and social change in Samoa, for which he was awarded a Marsden Award from the Royal Society of New Zealand. After receiving his MA at the University of Auckland, he completed a DPhil at Oxford University.
Dr Teuila Percival QSO, MBChB, FRACP
Dr Percival has worked extensively in the Pacific region in both a Clinical and research role.
Her particular interests are Maternal and Child Health, Climate Change and Health, Health Systems and Informatics. She led the Pacific Child Health Indicator Project, for the University of Queensland AusAid Knowledge Hub, which focused on information to measure progress in maternal and child health in the Pacific Islands.
She was instrumental in setting up the Pacific Paediatric Association. As well as working in Maternal and Child Health and Disaster Medicine in the Pacific Islands, Dr Percival has also undertaken project work in Climate Change and Health in Tuvalu, Tonga, Samoa and Niue.
She has experience with clinical, research, and health-sector networks in Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, and Nauru. Her research experience includes child obesity, paediatric respiratory and infectious diseases, family and sexual violence prevention, measuring maternal and child health, disability, climate change and health. Dr Percival is Director of Pacific Health at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland.
She is also a Consultant Paediatrician working for Counties Manukau Health at KidzFirst Childrens Hospital in South Auckland.