Pacific Perspectives

Providing specialist Pacific-tailored services, advice and support

on Pacific health and education.

Pacific Perspectives is a consultancy focused on the New Zealand health and education sectors.


We have specific expertise in developing solutions for vulnerable and diverse communities. We provide research-based evidence input in to strategy and public policy advice on delivering services that improve outcomes for these populations.


We also provide capability development for the Pacific health workforce, and Pacific health providers.


We are recognised for using cultural research methods that give voice to diverse Pacific communities and evidence-based advocacy for quality service delivery and capability improvement.

Our Services


We work primarily across the health and education sectors, bringing a multi–disciplinary approach to our work

with strong recognition for our culturally relevant and evidence-based methods.

Research and Evaluation



Supporting organisations to generate evidence for decision making, policy and strategy development.

Consumer engagement and consultation


Being present at the consumer level to listen and understand the experiences of Pacific communities and translate that into solutions.


Workforce capability and leadership development


Understanding and delivering opportunities for skill development and building a community of practice around Pacific health.

Organisational design



Helping organisations respond to drivers of change and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Our People


The Pacific Perspectives Team

We are a multi-disciplinary team with a wide range of education and experience for you to draw on.

Pacific Perspectives is led by Dr Ryan with a strong support team.

Dr Debbie Ryan


Debbie brings research and evaluation skills to our team, with a specific interest in Pacific culture and the health system.

Debbie's qualifications and memberships include:

MBChB, Masters in Public Management (Distinction), currently writing a PhD through Victoria University of Wellington.

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Certificate in Company Direction, Institute of Directors in NZ.

Institute of Directors in NZ Member.

Institute of Public Administration NZ Member.

Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Member.

Recipient Pasifika Medical Association Life Award.

Jonathan Malifa

Programmes and events manager

Jonathan brings relationship management and organising skills to the team, with specific interests in relationship networks across the health and public sector, and machinery of government.

Our Support Team

Alongside our core team, we work collaboratively with a range of other partners to complement our existing expertise and experience, increasing the range of support and services we can make available to you.

Brenden Mischewski

Brenden brings research and statistical analysis expertise, with a background in tertiary education funding and regulatory frameworks, vocational education and training, and the Pacific health sector and workforce.

Lisa Kitone

Lisa brings legal and research skills to the team, with a strong background in Pacific health policy development.

Carl Billington

Carl lends his skill in communication, media and marketing to the team. His background is in health, education, and local community leadership.


Pacific Perspectives Research Network

We are also supported by a cross-disciplinary research and evaluation network. 

We work collaboratively with a network of other experts, researchers and organisations to enhance the quality and success of our projects.


Gleneagles Building,
69-71 The Terrace,



Get In Touch


Po Box 8010,
Wellington 6143,


MOBILE:   021 227 5242


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