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Te Ara Poutama – The Faculty of Māori Development, aims to foster excellence, equity and ethics in learning, teaching and scholarship. Its goals are:

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  • Free roast pig at open day: all you can eat will not attract South Auckland Pacific Islanders to university 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    I kid you not. This is a time in Pacific regional history where as a middle-aged Tongan woman with European, Maori, and Samoan ancestries who was born and raised in New Zealand, I teach students taking my undergraduate ...
  • Minerals and cucumbers in the sea: international relations will transform the Tongan State 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    Constitution law researcher Guy Powles, a Pakeha New Zealander residing in Australia was not optimistic accurate predictions on “the [Tonga] election which is coming up now in November” could be made (Garrett, 2014). “A ...
  • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi: how we got it and how we killed it’ 

    Moon, P (Te Akatea Maori Principals Association, 2014)
    This keynote presentation will examine the trail of events and accidents that led to the sudden decision by British officials in 1839 that a treaty would be needed for New Zealand. It will then follow the incidents right ...
  • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi: how we got it and how we killed it’ 

    Moon, P (Te Akatea Maori Principals Association, 2014)
    This keynote presentation will examine the trail of events and accidents that led to the sudden decision by British officials in 1839 that a treaty would be needed for New Zealand. It will then follow the incidents right ...
  • Geopolitical Storymaking about Tonga and Fiji: how media fooled people to believe Ma'afu wanted Lau 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    Just when Tongan Democratic Party leader ‘Akilisi Pohiva stumped the public by saying he admired Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama because “he has been able to make things happen and take development to the people,” ...
  • Clash of civilisations: Tonga and the West 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    The House thanks God that the king is still in good health, and the Monarch is still in control of the affairs of the country. We thank god for the assistance to Tonga from donor countries (Lord Lasike cited in Matangi ...
  • Book Review of G. D. Smithers and B. N. Newman (eds.), Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, Nebraska, 2014, University of Nebraska Press, 509pp. 

    Moon, P (Te Ara Poutama - the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    It is from the growing body of literature in indigenous issues that Native Diasporas has emerged. But as the title signals, this is more than just another work surveying the already well-traversed terrain of indigenous ...
  • Off the deep end: Tonga's continental shelf politics 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama - the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    Tonga had gone off the deep end. It proposed to grow its ocean territory in length by 60 nautical miles southeast and southwest. Hardly anyone knew the particulars, apart from a select group of senior bureaucrats in the ...
  • Off the Deep End: Tonga's Continental Shelf Politics 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 2014)
    Abstract Tonga had gone off the deep end. It proposed to grow its ocean territory in length by 60 nautical miles southeast and southwest. Hardly anyone knew the particulars, apart from a select group of senior bureaucrats ...
  • Who owns Tonga: dialogues with Sefita Hao'uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama – the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development – Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    “Who owns Tonga?” asked Sefita Hao’uli. “We do. The people,” I quickly pitched back. But do we really? Quietly I second guessed myself after blurting out an idealistic reply. It might have sufficed the correct response in ...
  • Who Owns Tonga: Dialogues with Sefita Hao'uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 2014)
    Abstract “Who owns Tonga?” asked Sefita Hao’uli. “We do. The people,” I quickly pitched back. But do we really? Quietly I second guessed myself after blurting out an idealistic reply. It might have sufficed the correct ...
  • Revitalising indigenous languages 

    Ka'ai, TM; Ka'ai-Mahuta, R (Te Ipukarea )National Maori Language Institute), Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technolgy, 2014)
    The National Māori Language Institute (see http://teipukarea.maori.nz) and The International Centre for Language Revitalisation (see http://languagerevive.org) at AUT University, Aotearoa/New Zealand are committed to the ...
  • Disaster politics: cyclone politicking and electioneering in the Kingdom of Tonga 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
    Entering the new year of 2014 the Kingdom of Tonga had enough to worry about; a local economy choking to near death and a finance minister sacked and replaced in a political spectacle leaving the public baffled over what ...
  • Disaster Politics: Cyclone Politicking and Electioneering in the Kingdom of Tonga 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 2014)
    Abstract Entering the new year of 2014 the Kingdom of Tonga had enough to worry about; a local economy choking to near death and a finance minister sacked and replaced in a political spectacle leaving the public baffled ...
  • Report went to court: Tonga's parliamentary report on the Nuku'alofa reconstruction 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
    Chief Justice Michael Dishington Scott signed a court order in the Supreme Court of Tonga on December the 4th 2012, signifying structural reform in the South Pacific Kingdom. Whether the Kingdom of Tonga was ready or not, ...
  • The job of thinking people: dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
    Howard Zinn wrote “it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners” (Zinn, 2003). Democracy by Zinn’s view operates beyond state nationalism and a capitalist economy. Represented in people ...
  • Modern colonialism: dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
    For this second article in a series of four stimulated by conversations about present day Tonga, Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka discuss whether there is a Tongan frame or explanation for development. And ...
  • Forget China: no shark trade in Tonga - yeah right 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
    In the South Pacific winter of 2013, Michael Brassington reported from Tonga that “China is now the South Pacific’s most valued VIP.” The Australian journalist was interviewing Pesi Fonua, longstanding Tongan publisher ...
  • Rethinking development in Tonga: dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli,vKalafi Moala, and Melino Maka 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
    Acknowledging the work of the late Tongan professors, Futa Helu and Epeli Hau’ofa, this is the first in a series of four articles. Teena Brown Pulu revisits Helu’s criticism of development in Tonga by framing interview ...
  • Climate change blues: sustaining village life in Tonga 

    Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, AUT University, 2013)
    The loss of small island states will affect us all. Climate change refugees will become a very serious issue for all countries. Lord Ma’af On the afternoon of December 15th 2009, Tonga’s Minister for Environment and ...

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