Miss Eliza Tohoa Puna
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
- University of Auckland Partnership Appeal Award 2018
- Health Research Council of New Zealand Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarship 2015
- 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.