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NZ Aronui Lecture 2016


Mon 28 Nov 2016, 6:00pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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NZ Aronui Lecture 2016: ‘Culture Matters in Teaching and Learning: The International Education of a Tongan Woman.’

Using culture as a foundation for education is an opportunity often missed by traditional western teaching practices. Teachers, lecturers and educational leaders can make a significant difference in helping young people to achieve better results in our education systems by recognising and implementing culturally based methods of teaching and learning.

Recent developments, like the Kakala Research Framework, sourced from Pacific cultures, better motivates Pacific young people to conduct research in their own communities, using their own languages and most importantly, to value and respect people and their cultures, especially elders.

In her lecture, Konaiholeva Thaman will talk about her own educational journey through Tonga, Aotearoa/New Zealand, the USA, and the Pacific region, in order to illustrate the key role of culture as a foundation for education for sustainable development. She will weave her own academic and creative works into the presentation and share attempts to make school and university learning - sites of struggle for most Pasifiki people - more culturally democratic.

Professor Konai Helu Thaman is currently Professor of Pacific Education and Culture and the UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education and Culture at the University of South Pacific (USP). She is a member of the joint ILO/UNESCO Committee on the Recommendation on the Status of Teachers (CEART), and a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Educational Innovations and Development (APEID). An eminent poet, her work is studied by school children throughout the Pacific region and has been translated into several languages, including Chinese, French and German.

Hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand, this lecture is free and open to the public. However, to ensure a seat, please register at

Presented by Professor Konai Helu Thaman (University of South Pacific)

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