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Te Waka Pākākano – new name for Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific & Equity

We are pleased to announce the name of the Māori, Pacific and Equity portfolio, led by Dr Darryn Russell.  Formerly known as the Office of the AVC Māori it now includes a focus on Māori, peoples of the Pacific and equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

The new names for the unit, and for the AVC position are:

Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity

Te Amokapua Pākākano | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity

The narrative of the names is important.  Te Waka Pākākano is a seed carrying vessel; this reference is taken from a Ngāi Tahu ngeri, a chant for launching a waka or canoe, Terea te Waka, that tells of the voyage of the waka Uruao from its ancestral homelands to Te Waipounamu.  It refers to the dispersal of peoples through the Pacific, and by extension to all those who have come to make their home here in Te Waipounamu.

It also references the whakataukī: “E kore au e ngaro, he kākano i ruia mai i Rangi-ātea”; I will never disappear, a seed dispersed from Rangi-ātea, which honours the diverse origins of the members of the UC community, and our resilience to thrive.

The title for the role of AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity, Te Amokapua Pākākano, is based on the name of the unit.  At UC the term ‘amokapua’ is given to those leaders with the title Assistant Vice-Chancellor.

Should New Zealand accept Pacific climate change migrants into the country?

The question of whether New Zealand should accept Pacific climate change migrants into the country will be the hot topic of discussion by a distinguished panel representing diverse sections of society (politics, academia, policy community and civil society) as part of the annual Macmillan Brown lecture series at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC).

  • Date: 18 October at 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Location: A1 Lecture Theatre

The panellists:

  • Dr Megan Woods is minister responsible for greater Christchurch regeneration, energy and resources, research, science and innovation, and responsibility for the earthquake Commission. She was responsible for climate change for the Labour Party while in opposition.
  • Mr Lopeti Senituli is the political and media advisor to the prime minister of Tonga, former CEO of Internal Affairs and former prominent regional peace activist, environmentalist and human rights campaigner.
  • Dr Iati Iati is a political scientist and Pacific specialist at the University of Otago. He is co-deputy president of the Pacific Islands Political Studies Association. 
  • Dr Darren Brunk is a peace studies expert and humanitarian specialist for Oxfam.

While countries around the world have committed themselves to engaging with the climate change threat and building up resilience, there has been little discussion on commitment to potential climate change migrants. Many people in Pacific island states such as Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands fear being enveloped by the encroaching sea. What do we do with those leaving their island countries if they become inundated or ‘sink’?

Will Aotearoa New Zealand and other big countries extend a helping hand?    

The idea is to extend the discussions beyond just the environmental, economic, technological, political and ideological narratives into the humanitarian realm.  This is part of a broader project by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) at UC to re-imagine innovative approaches to broader global, regional and local issues such as climate change and migration, using the critical humanity discourse.

The panel night will also include the presentation of prizes by the minister to the winners of the schools climate change essay writing competition organized by MBC. The event is open to the public. 

New Zealand-Fijian UC academic wins award

UC political sociologist, Professor Steve Ratuva, has won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to carry out research as a visiting professor in three leading United States universities, namely Duke University in North Carolina, Georgetown University in Washington DC and University of California in Los Angeles.

He will carry out research on “Horizontal inequality and affirmative action—a comparative study of Pacific Island minorities in New Zealand and United States” and will work in partnership with some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

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Dynamic Pacific open access journal – call for articles

An online and open access journal, ‘Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research’,  invites articles for its first issue which is due to be published in June 2017.

It is published by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies with the support of Digital Humanities, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Questioning dominant ideas and transcending the traditional boundaries of formal disciplines, while maintaining one’s core area of expertise, can be enriching and reflective of the complexity of the contemporary world.

The journal attempts to respond to the need for critical, open and interdisciplinary approach to research. The journal aims to promote rigorous debates on theoretical discourses, applied knowledge and policy issues regarding the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Rim using multiple prisms.

Articles are accepted from diverse areas of study including gender studies, indigenous studies, conflict-peace-security studies, minority studies, politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, education, philosophy, literature, development studies, economics, marine studies, environmental studies and others not mentioned here.

The deadline for submission of the manuscript is March 31, 2017.

Two types of articles will be published:

1. full-length articles (6,000-7,000 words)

2. short critical essays (2,000-3,000 words).

Articles must be in word format. Please send to Emma Puloka (emma.puloka@pg.canterbury.ac.nz).