Category Archives: Pasifika

Artist in residence expression of interest

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury) and Creative New Zealand

We invite expressions of interest (EOI) from Pacific artists for a three month artist in residence position at the University of Canterbury. The applicants will have some expertise and experience in any one of the following areas: fine art, carving, tattooing, music, weaving, pottery, dancing, graphic design, poetry, creative writing, new media art and other forms of creative expression. The residency aims to promote Pacific artistic innovation to the university community and nationally, regionally and internationally. 

The residency is worth $18,000 for three months and the artist will be required to present the work produced by way of exhibition, performance or a seminar presentation during or at the end of the residency. The selection panel will also be looking for artists who are willing to engage and share their work with interested students and staff when available. Participation in university and Pacific community outreach events is also encouraged should such opportunities arise.  

Applicants must send in:

  1. their CV, clearly stating areas of artistic experience and expertise;
  2. a one page project proposal explaining what you want to do including: the key ideas/themes of your project; rationale (why you are doing it); output (what you hope to produce); potential impact (some benefits to the community); and what is unique about your project.              

The short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further information if required. The residency is expected to take place between the months of April and August 2019 and the actual start date could be negotiated.  

Applications should be sent as a single PDF attachment to Patricia Ydgren patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz.

Applications close 4 February, 2019.    

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga

Mālō e lelei!  

The Pacific Development Team are proud to celebrate Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga this week, 2 –  8 September. 

The theme for this year’s language week is Fakakoloa O Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘A E ‘Ofa Fonua’, or Enriching Aotearoa with the love of duty and service to country, community and people.

The Ministry of Pacific Peoples have worked in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa to develop a free education resource that will help with learning the language. This can be found on their website here>

You can find out more about Tongan Language through the ministry’s Tongan Language Fact Sheet, here>

Further information about UC’s Uike Katoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga celebrations can be found from the UC Pacific Development Team’s Facebook page.

Accounting and the Polynesian entrepreneurs in New Zealand

Dr Sue Yong, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, will be delivering a seminar as part of the ACIS Seminar Series on the topic of “Accounting and the Polynesian entrepreneurs in New Zealand”.

L236, Meremere Building

Wednesday, 15 August at 11.00am.

A light lunch will be served from 12.00pm after the seminar.

Learn about the role of accounting, accountants, and the cash management processes of indigenous Māori and Pacific (collectively referred as Polynesian) entrepreneurs in New Zealand.
Consider the influence of cultural values on Polynesians’ accounting decision-making processes and gain unique insights into the interrelationships of the cultural, economic and social dynamics that sculpt Polynesians’ decisions towards accounting, cash management and their accountants.

All staff and students are welcome.

Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night

Co-hosted by the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development and the Pacific Development Team, Jandals 3 – Fia Fia Night is a chance for staff, students and our  local community to come together, listen to some great speakers, play some fun games and witness some outstanding performances.

This is a free event and food will also be provided. Come along bring your flat mates, family and friends for a night to remember!

What: Jandals 3 – Fia Fia night

Where: Engineering Core, University of Canterbury: 69 Creyke Rd

When: 1 August 2018

Time: 5pm -7.30pm

Samoan Language Week – ‘Kindness given, kindness gained’

“O la’u gagana o lo’u fa’asinomaga, o la’u gagana o lo’u mitamitaga, o la’u gagana o lo’u maluapapa”
“My language is my identity, my language is my pride, and my language is my shelter”

My language defines me and my ancestors. They sacrificed for my freedom, to speak freely and when appropriate. My language is a part of my identity that I take pride in.

I see it as my comfort zone because I feel confident when I speak my language as opposed to English. I don’t have to worry about “fobbing out” in front of people. This is what my language means to me as a Tama’ita’i Samoa (a woman of Samoa).

Words, when spoken in Samoan, lend very deep meaning. They say that words hurt more than anything else, and I tell you Samoan words hurt me a million times more than English words could. However, Samoan words are also the most soothing to me, for example when you hear an elder (or anyone in particular) speak our mother tongue. The words are spoken with so much grace and knowledge, you can feel the joy they bring. This is a constant reminder that our talatu’u – history was passed down from generation to generation through (mostly) stories.

This week is not only about celebrating our language, it’s also a celebration of our culture. The theme this year is – “Kindness given, Kindness gained” for Samoan Language Week (27 Mē – 2 Juni 2018). Kindness also known in Samoan as ‘Agalelei’ is one of the core foundations of Fa’a Samoa (Samoan culture and traditions). Everything you do within our culture, you should do it with kindness and with no expectation of anything in return.

This week is also a week of remembrance as Samoa celebrates its fifty-sixth year of Independence. We remember our people who fought hard for the freedom that we get to enjoy today.

‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.’ Nelson Mandela

Ia manuia le vaiaso ole Gagana Samoa.