Dr. Teresia Teaiwa, director of Va’aomanū Pasifika at the University of Victoria, has passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Dr. Teaiwa made a huge contribution to Victoria University and her loss will be felt widely by friends, colleagues and the Pasifika community in New Zealand and around the world.
A renowned scholar and poet, Dr. Teaiwa’s research interests included contemporary issues in Fiji, feminism and women’s activism in the Pacific, contemporary Pacific culture and arts, and pedagogy in Pacific Studies.
The University of Victoria posted a tribute to Dr. Teaiwa, which you can read here.
Wayne Linklater, co-president of the TEU branch at the University of Victoria, said “Our thoughts are with Teresia’s family and friends at this difficult time. Tereisa made a huge and lasting impact on students and colleagues at Victoria, and her research will continue to be of great significance for anyone working for social justice in the Pacific. She will be missed dearly.”