Joining the Maxim Institute research team in 2021, ‘Alapasita holds a Bachelor of Physical Education (Hons) and a Master in Public Health from the University of Otago.  Her work includes leading research on factors that shape the academic success of Pacific students, as well as community research on Pacific youth, debt and family violence prevention. Currently working on research around poverty and predatory lending, ‘Alapasita is examining the implications of new credit law changes on third-tier lenders to vulnerable groups at risk of predatory lending.

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