As the newest Co-Director to join the Coastal People : Southern Skies team, Professor Rose Richards has oversight over capacity development and Pacific strategy. Rose is also Deputy Director of the Va’a o Tautai – Centre for Pacific Health in the Division of Health Sciences, where her research focuses on Pacific wellbeing across a variety of health professions and community led visions of ola manuia (living in Wellbeing). From Samoan and English ancestry, she was born and raised in Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island of Aotearoa. Her academic background is in psychology, public health and Pacific health. Further details of Rose’s research interests and publications are available on the Otago University website.