Miss Eliza Tohoa Puna

BHSc, MPH(Hons)

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Biography

Eliza Puna is currently a PhD Candidate at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. She is a Cook Islander and has a public and community health background. Her research interests include: positive mental wellbeing, youth health and mental health, suicide prevention, Pacific and Cook Islands health and wellbeing, youth development and the Cook Islands Māori language.

Research | Current

Eliza's PhD research is titled: Cook Islands youth: Positive mental wellbeing and suicide prevention 

Teaching | Current

  • COOKIS 101/101G: Introduction to Cook Islands Māori Semester 2, 2019

Distinctions/Honours

  • University of Auckland Partnership Appeal Award 2018
  • Health Research Council of New Zealand Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarship 2015

Responsibilities

  • Vaka Pacific Postgraduate Coordinator - Pacific Studies

Areas of expertise

  • Pacific youth mental health and suicide prevention
  • Pacific health and wellbeing
  • Cook Islands health and wellbeing 
  • Positive youth development
  • Suicide prevention
  • Cook Islands Maori language

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Puna, E. P., & Tiatia-Seath, J. (2017). Defining positive mental wellbeing for New Zealand-born Cook Islands youth. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing, 2 (1), 97-107. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jemaima Tiatia-Seath
  • Puna, E. T. (2013). New Zealand born Cook Islands youth views towards positive mental wellbeing and suicide prevention The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22076

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Primary office location

FALE - OFFICE BUILDING - Bldg 273
Level 1, Room 101
20 WYNYARD ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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