Tag Archives: Pasifika

Pacific Languages in the Library

Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Fākatalofa atu, Bula, Fākaalofa atu, Mālō ni, Noa’ia!

Each year, the beautiful languages of Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and Tokelau are celebrated around Aotearoa during Pacific Island language weeks. 2018 went one step better with the inaugural Rotuman language week back in May.

With the rise in numbers of Pacifika students at UC and the importance of ensuring these languages are preserved, the Library sees these weeks as a great chance to not only get creative and keep practising but to also raise awareness and celebrate Pacific cultures.

A useful website is the Ministry of Pacific Peoples  they provide helpful guides to each language, links to events and designated dates for each language. Also check out the Pacific Studies Library subject guide for help on finding other Pacific resources; from books to CDs, DVDs and current newspapers from the Pacific Islands.

Keep an eye out in the Library and on social media for the various language weeks, get involved, learn some basics and let’s all help keep these languages alive!

UC Libraries

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 [Michael.summerfield@canterbury.ac.nz]

University of Auckland
 City Campus: Arts 1 Humanities Building (206) in Room 510– Technical Contact: Tim Page [t.page@auckland.ac.nz]
 Epsom Campus: N211 [N Block room 211, Gate 4), 60 Epsom Ave, Epsom – Technical Contact: Richard Jupp [r.jupp@auckland.ac.nz]
 Tamaki Campus: Contact person: Dr Fuafiva Faalau [f.faalau@auckland.ac.nz]

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 [M.M.faleolo@massey.ac.nz]
 Manawatu Campus – Contact person: Sunlou Liuvaie [S.Liuvaie@massey.ac.nz]
 SHORE & Whariki Research Centre – Contact person: Lanuola Asiasiga [L.Asiasiga@massey.ac.nz]

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, [econferencing@otago.ac.nz]
 Building 001-3007 Rowena Fuluifaga [rfuluifaga@unitec.ac.nz

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 [samorr@waikato.ac.nz or Dr Apo Aporosa [apo.aporosa.waikato.ac.nz]

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

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

National University of Samoa
 MSS Room, Ground Floor, AOA Building. Contact person: Dr. Malama Meleisea [m.meleisea@nus.edu.ws]

PNG Independence – a moment of pride

Raho Kila

 On 16 September 1975,  Papua New Guinea became an independent state after 70 years under Australian rule. Student Raho Kila shares the significance the day has for her.

I am proud to call myself a Papua New Guinean, home to seven million people who are so friendly. Papua New Guinea is split into four regions; Papua the lower coastal region, Highlands the mountainous region, Momase which is upper coastal region and the Islands the exterior region. I proudly come from the Papuan region where a woman’s story and journey is told on her body.

There is only one day a year were Papua New Guineans come together to parade our heritage and our culture on 16 September. Forty-two years ago on 16 September 1975, Papua New Guinea had gained independence from Australia. On this special day we get to remind ourselves of all the things that we get to share as a nation, the richness in our diverse cultures and linguistic diversity.

Most importantly it’s the coming together of 20 provinces, 1000 cultural groups and 800 distinctive languages with a population of seven million and still counting. To me personally, Independence Day is a moment of pride and an embracing of my culture. I remember  when I was little my grandmother would wake me up at 5am in the morning to dress me up in my tradition costumes and tattoo my body as she told the story of ancestors. These stories were of my ancestors that voyaged out in search for goods to serve our village. The same stories that are tattooed on woman’s body and passed down from generation to generation. Once I would be dressed in my traditional costumes I would parade in school as proud Papuan. However as I grew older and traveled aboard to study I felt my culture sipping through my fingers as I slowly lost touch of my Papua New Guinea independence day routine.

Growing up in Australia and New Zealand I have adapted into a culture that I cannot claim as mine in order to socially survive, being privileged with my grounded parents I have never lost sight of being a Papua New Guinean. Coming to Christchurch and University of Canterbury as a young Papua New Guinean woman, it has definitely been a wakeup call for me and a rigorous journey in consolidating my identity as Papua New Guinean.

Especially being a minority in a city that is nowhere near home, I have come realize that I am not only an ambassador to my country’s identity but I am an ambassador to my unique culture.

Surprisingly, although I am thousands of miles away from home I am thankful to the Pacific Development Team who have given me opportunities to reconnecting on my culture and language and embrace my unique culture and identify. I have had the privilege of teaching linguistics students at University of Canterbury, my native mother tongue, as well as reconnecting on my culture where I have shared the same stories that my grandmother once told me and in turn has allow me to be a hold my head up with pride.

Although I may not be fluent in my native language or fluent in my cultural understanding at the end of the day. I am proud to identify myself as a young Papua New Guinean woman who has traveled aboard away from home and shared the stories that of my ancestors once told.

Click here to find out more about the Pacific Development Team>