Pacific Postgraduate Talanoa 2018

The fifth seminar in the Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa 2018 series takes place on  Monday 21 May, 3-5pm (NZST) via video conferencing venues available at participating Universities, including UC.

Please remember to register as soon as possible, stating which venue you would like to attend at, to ensure it is opened for you on the day.  To register and for further information, email Edmond Fehoko and Melanie Milicich .

There are three exciting presentations – read details and information about video venues below.

Ø  International Law in the South Pacific by Suliana Mone, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Waikato

In this presentation, I will discuss some reflections on my PhD, which looks at the influence of international law in Tonga with specific emphasise on the non-ratification of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This case study highlights issues of women’s rights and the justifications for discrimination against women in law.

Ø  The Fiji Museum: Preserving Lapita Origins by Usaia Gaunavou, Postgraduate Student, Environmental Planning, University of Waikato

The Fiji Museum is the protector and preserver of Fiji’s cultural heritage. It houses an invaluable collection of Fiji’s rich history, dating back to more than 3000 years including artefacts linked to ancient inter-island trade which thrived in the Pacific, particularly within the Fiji – Tonga – Samoa triangle. This presentation explains the work of the Fijian Archaeology Department and its preservation of pre-historic and historical settlements in Fiji, which includes Lapita heritage sites that continue to connect and integrate shared Lapita origins.

Ø  Addressing Climate Change issues in Tongan secondary schools by ‘Elisapesi Havea, PhD Candidate, TEMS Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Tonga and its island groups are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and these impacts affect the environment, the people and their livelihoods. Children are among the most vulnerable groups to the adverse impacts of climate change for they can be psychologically disturbed and rendered powerless by the magnitude of the impacts of climate change. This presentation will report on a study that examined ways that could help students in Tonga to learn to adapt to climate change impacts. Talanoa were used to explore secondary school teachers’ and students’ perceptions of climate change issues. Findings revealed that students and teachers are aware of and worried about climate change, but they lacked a rich conceptualisation of these issues and held some misconceptions.

A climate change educational intervention was designed based on theoretical principles of climate change education and these findings. This was trialled at a secondary school in Tonga. Talanoa was employed as a teaching and learning pedagogy which sought to build relationships within the classroom, recognise students’ experiences and understandings and give voice to their concerns. The outcomes of the intervention indicated high student engagement, successful learning and a motivation to play a part in their own futures.


University of Canterbury
 Room 164, Ground Floor, Psychology Building, Canterbury University. Technical contact: Michael Summerfield []

University of Auckland
 City Campus: Arts 1 Humanities Building (206) in Room 510– Technical Contact: Tim Page []
 Epsom Campus: N211 [N Block room 211, Gate 4), 60 Epsom Ave, Epsom – Technical Contact: Richard Jupp []
 Tamaki Campus: Contact person: Dr Fuafiva Faalau []

Auckland University of Technology
 AUT City: WU518 [WU Building, Level 5], 46 Wakefield Street, CBD.
 AUT North: AB221, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote
 AUT South: MB223, 640 Great South Road, Manukau

Massey University
 Albany Campus – Contact person: Gisa Dr Moses Faleolo []
 Manawatu Campus – Contact person: Sunlou Liuvaie []
 SHORE & Whariki Research Centre – Contact person: Lanuola Asiasiga []

University of Otago
 AVC1, ITS Teaching facilities, Ground Floor, South-West Corner of the IS Building, Corner of Cumberland & Albany Streets [Note: AVC2 & AVC3, next to AVC1 may be used occasionally. Technical Contact: eConferencing, []
 Building 001-3007 Rowena Fuluifaga [

Victoria University of Wellington
 Va’aomonu Pasifika House, Room 102, 6 Kelburn Parade

University of Waikato
 Room S.1.10 [S Block, Floor 1 and Room 10], Hillcrest Campus. Contact person: Associate Dean Sandy Morrison [ or Dr Apo Aporosa []

Manukau Institute of Technology
 Matu’u Room, NO109/01, Pacific Community Centre, North Campus, Manukau Institute of Technology. Contact person: Melanie Wong []

University of Fiji
 Contact person: Professor Ruth Irwin []
University of the South Pacific
 Video-conferencing room, Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, USP. Contact person: Dr Haruo Nakagawa []

National University of Samoa
 MSS Room, Ground Floor, AOA Building. Contact person: Dr. Malama Meleisea []

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