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Lydia Testao


Lydia Teatao

Social Services Team Leader

Languages: Kiribati, English

Lydia Teatao migrated from Kiribati in 2006 and has been working as a social worker for seven years. From 2007 to 2010, Lydia studied social work at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Wellington where she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Lydia then moved with her family to Auckland where she continued her studies with Unitec Institute of Technology graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Practice. With her passion to work within the Pacific community to alleviate intimate partner violence, Lydia continued her studies further with Massey University in Albany. While at Massey University, Lydia conducted a research study on a group of Kiribati women in Auckland who have experienced intimate partner violence with their children. The study primarily focused on how these women rebuilt their lives after living with the act of violence. This research study was a partial fulfilment of her Master of Philosophy. Lydia is now happily working with the Pacific Community to strengthen the wellbeing and future of Pacific families in New Zealand. She is registered social worker and is a member of the Aoteroa New Zealand Association of Social Work. Lydia can speak Kiribati fluently and English.


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