Ms Moeata Pele Keil

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

  • Pacific families 
  • Post-separation family
  • Post-separation family laws and policies
  • Child support
  • Qualitative research

My doctoral research investigates the way that heterosexual Pacific mothers’ and fathers’ living in New Zealand experience and enact familial life in the context of separation. More specifically, this thesis will examine the ways in which parental obligations for care and support are negotiated between parents and within extended family networks. It will also analyse Pacific mothers’ and fathers’ post-separation sharing and parenting practices, looking at how embedded their former partners and extended families are in the enactment of these practices. Focusing exclusively on the experiences of Pacific mothers and fathers facilitates a discussion of how ethnicity and gender intersect, interact and overlap in ways that come to shape mothers’ and fathers’ understandings, expectations and experiences of everyday post-separation familial life in contemporary societies.

Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 101 Understanding Aotearoa/New Zealand 

SOCIOL 222 Families, Labour and Love

Distinctions/Honours

Bruce Grandisson Biggs Research Grant, 2018

Doctoral Academic Leadership Initiative, 2018

Faculty of Arts Doctoral Research Fund, 2017

Duffy Books in Homes Role-Model, 2017

SAANZ Best Student Abstract, 2017

SAANZ Best Student Abstract, 2016

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2016

University of Auckland Māori and Pacific Graduate Scholarship (Masters), 2014

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Summer Scholarship, 2012

University of Auckland Partnership Appeal Award Round 1, 2012

University of Auckland Partnership Appeal Award Round 2, 2012

Māori and Pacific Leadership Grant, Round 1, 2012

Senior Scholar Award/Book Prize for Sociology 222, 2011