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Pacific Studies: Pasifika Education


Search across a range of Library resources, including


AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship includes many articles on education in Aotearoa.

Pacific-Asian Education: A Journal about Education in Pacific Circle Countries

Pacific Education Books

Books about education in the Pacific Islands are mostly in the Macmillan Brown Library. Try searching using the catalogue using the subject keywords education oceania or education and the name of the country.

Books about Pasifika education in New Zealand are in both the Macmillan Brown and Central libraries. Try these subject keywords : Pacific Islanders Education Zealand

Pacific Language Resources

Pacific Readers in the Central Library

Pacific Island readers for schools are in the Central Library. Seach the catalogue using keywords this format: Niuean language readers ; Samoan language readers

Pacific Language Documents in the New Zealand Curriculum

All are available from the Library and Vagahau Niue is also online:

NZ Pacific Picture Book Collection. Lists selected Pasifika picture books and provides activities to use with them.

Pasifika Language Resources on TKI

Dictionary of Cook Island Languages 

Pasifika Teaching Resources Online

Pasifika Education Research Models and Issues

Education research models, issues and guidelines

Tuafuti, Patisepa. Multiple Challenges in Research within the Fa'asamoa Context. Pacific-Asian Education. 23,2 (2011): 33-42

Kakala Framework

Looking towards the source: A Consideration of (Cultural) Context in Teacher Education / Konai Helu Thaman

Kakala Research Framework: A Garland in Celebration of a Decade of Rethinking Education / Seu'ula Johansson Fula

Teu le va
Airini, Melani Anae, Mila-Schaaf, Karlo, Coxon, Eve, Mara, Diane, Sanga, Kabini. Teu le Va: Relationships Across Research and Policy in Pasifika Education.  Ministry of Education, 2010

Aua’i i le Galuega
Nakhid, C., Fa’alofo, J. P., Faiva, M., Halafihi, D., Pilisi, S., Senio, J., Taylor, S., &  Thomas, L. “Aua’i i Le Galuega: A Pasifika Research Design Ensuring Ownership and Autonomy.” Social Policy Journal of New Zealand 32 (2007): 106-125

Pou Tu
Luafutu-Simpson, Pauline. Developing an Authentic Samoan Lens. Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa, 2011.

Ministry of Education

Anae, Melani, Coxon, Eve, Mara, Diane, Wendt-Samu, Tanya and Christine Finau. Pasifika Education Research Guidelines. Wellington: Ministry of Education, 2001.

Fletcher, Jo, Parkhill, Faye, Fa’afoi, Amosa and Missy Morton, "Poto He Anga: Collaboration and Consultation in Pasifika Research", Qualitative Research Journal, 6, 1 (2006): 36-50

Pacific and International Websites on Pacific Education

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