Ms Moeata Pele Keil

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

  • Post-separation family
  • Pacific families 
  • 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


Senior Scholar Award/Book Prize for Sociology 222, 2011

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

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Summer Scholarship, 2012

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

SAANZ Best Student Abstract, 2016

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship, 2016

Duffy Books in Homes Role-Model, 2017

Faculty of Arts Doctoral Research Fund, 2017

SAANZ Best Student Abstract, 2017

Doctoral Academic Leadership Initiative, 2018

Bruce Grandisson Biggs Research Grant, 2018

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dutton, H. D., Mayeda, D. T., Keil, M., & ‘Ofamo‘oni I-F-H (2016). “We're all in it together”: Māori and Pacific student voices on ethnic-specific equity programmes in a New Zealand university. MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 5 (1), 3-16. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2016.5.1.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Mayeda, Hilary Dutton
  • Keil, M. P. (2015). “Family”, family obligations and money: Pacific mothers’ discussions of child support. The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Mayeda, D. T., Keil, M., Dutton, H. D., & Ofamo'Oni I-F-H (2014). “You've Gotta Set a Precedent”: Māori and Pacific voices on student success in higher education. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 10 (2), 165-179. 10.1177/117718011401000206
  • Mayeda, D. T., Dutton, H. D., 'Ofamo'oni ', & Keil, M. (2014). “I don’t think I would have made it through that first year without the Tuākana programme”: A Technical Report for the Faculty of Arts, Equity Office. Auckland, New Zealand: The University of Auckland.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Mayeda, Hilary Dutton
  • Mayeda, D. T., 'Ofamo'oni IF, Dutton, H. D., Keil, M., & Lauaki-Vea, E. (2014). Māori and Pacific student experiences with every-day colonialism and racism. Social Space, 8 (2), 115-139. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Mayeda, Hilary Dutton