Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

BSW, MPP, PhD, Massey University


Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia is a Sāmoan lecturer in the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, at the University of Auckland. A health professional specialising in Pacific youth health, Analosa is committed to the empowerment of Pacific communities, specifically in the area of sexual health and mental wellbeing.  Analosa draws on over 15 years of clinical, community, research and management experience.

Professionally, Analosa has worked as a social worker with Oranga Tamariki (Care and Protection and Youth Justice) in Otara, Auckland. As an adolescent health social worker at the Centre for Youth Health (CfYH) a specialist Counties Manukau District Health youth service, Analosa has provided intensive case management support to Pacific youth and their families experiencing chronic and complex health issues.

As a Research Manager at the Pacific Health Section, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, she has managed Ministry of Health contracts and led the Pacific Non-Regulated Health Workforce study that was commissioned by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). She provides Pacific research consultancy services and was also the National Pacific Liaison and Recruitment Advisor for Massey University.  

Analosa completed her PhD in 2017 under the mentorship of Emeritus Professor Cluny Macpherson and Associate Professor Grant Duncan in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University. Her PhD explored the Sexual Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour of Samoan Youth in Aotearoa New Zealand. Analosa’s PhD was supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) through a Pacific Career Development Award. 

Research | Current

Analosa’s primary research focuses on the empowerment of Pacific communities, with specific attention paid to Pacific sexual and mental wellbeing. She is currently completing Phase One of a three-phase project that explores Enhancing Success for Pacific Social Work students. Analosa’s recent mixed-methods PhD study explored the Sexual Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour of Samoan Youth in Aotearoa New Zealand. Click on the following links to hear radio interviews about her doctoral research.

Prior to her current work at The University of Auckland, Analosa has led several government-funded research projects that include:

  • Best Practice Framework for the delivery of Sexual Health Promotion Services to Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand 
    Analosa was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to develop a Best Practice Pacific framework for the sexual health sector. This research now informs Pacific service delivery outcomes.
  • Pacific families and Problem debt
    Analosa was commissioned by the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs (MPIA) to interview South Auckland social service providers. This project identifies 'promising interventions, services, practices and opportunities for further development to enable Pacific families to address or prevent problem debt and achieve their financial goals' (Families Commission, 2012, p.6).
  • Before School Check
    In her role as Principal Consultant (Integrity Professionals), Analosa facilitated Talanoa sessions with Pacific mothers as part of a large ethnic-specific study commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA). 


Teaching | Current

Analosa coordinates undergraduate courses related to Youth and Health Social Work practice. She is frequently invited to teach 'Pacific Engagement' and 'Pacific Health' in other University of Auckland papers. Current teaching includes:

·         Social Work Environment -  SOCWRK 115

·         Understanding New Zealand Youth – YTHWK 152G

·         Health and Social Work practice – SOCHLTH231

·         Effective social work practice in – SOCHLTH 334

Postgraduate supervision


Masters Supervision

  • Chantelle Enesa - Master of Health Sciences: Views of Pacific youth and families on e-therapy interventions (digital mental health).
  • Tereta Faireka - Master of Social and Community Leadership: Education and Employment Pathways for Cook Island Youth. 


2018:     The University of Auckland - CLeaR Academic Development Bursary

2017:     Ako Aotearoa - Pacific Professional Development Award

2017:     The University of Auckland - CLeaR SEED Award, 

2015:     Massey University - Doctoral Completion Bursary

2012:     NZ Federation of Graduate Women (North Shore Branch) - Scholarship

2009:     Health Research Council of New Zealand - Career Development Award: Pacific, PhD ($100,000)

2007:     Health Research Council of New Zealand - Career Development Award: Pacific, Masters


Reviewer for Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Social Workers (ANZASW) Journal

Areas of expertise

·         Youth health and wellbeing: Sexual health

·         Pacific health

·         Positive Youth Development

·         Community empowerment

·         Mixed Methods Research

Committees/Professional groups/Services



  • Faculty of Education and Social Work:  Research Committee - Member
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work:  Kainga Pasifika Committee - Member
  • School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work: Research Committee - Member


  • 2013 – current:  Blue Light (NZ Police - School Community Services Team, Counties Manukau West) Volunteer  
  • 2006 – current: St Joseph & St Joachim, Otahuhu – Minister of the Word
  • 2005 – 2010: Inaugural Community Panel Advisory Member - Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Veukiso-Ulugia, A. (2017). Challenging dominant discourses in Samoan sexuality. Paper presented at Australian New Zealand Social Worker and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Conference: Challenging Dominant Discourses, Auckland, New Zealand. 7 September - 8 September 2017.
  • Veukiso-Ulugia, A. (2016). 'Good Sāmoan kids' - fact or fable? Sexual health behaviour of Sāmoan youth in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Sociology, 31 (2), 74-95.
  • Veukiso-Ulugia, A. (2013). Pacific and proud. Effective practice when working with Pacific communities. Paper presented at Family Planning Conference 2013 - Positive Sexual Health, Wellington, New Zealand. 31 October - 2 November 2013.
  • Veukiso-Ulugia, A. (2013). "Reach for the stars" - Easier said than done?. Paper presented at Maori and Pacific Sexual and Reproductive Health Consoritum 2013, Hamilton, New Zealand. 30 May - 31 May 2013.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 411
New Zealand