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15 Jul 2017

The year 1994 was a particularly interesting one in Samoan politics. Samoan politics is never short on controversy: corruption, allegations of corruption, inefficient government spending, and the odd challenge to a fistfight between MPs are not uncommon. However, 1994 seemed an even more special...

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06 Jul 2017

In 2010, I was seconded from my classroom teaching position to work as a facilitator in the implementation of the newly-established National Standards. In this role, I ran in-depth Literacy and Assessment workshops in schools. I found that despite the national effort to close the gap between...

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30 Jun 2017

This report is the third in a series of papers on the role of Sovereign Funds (SFs) in the Pacific Islands.

Our first report set the context of Pacific Island SF and their roles and responsibilities (Drew, 2016). Key findings included that many Pacific Island SFs appear to have multiple...

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30 Jun 2017

One of the key projects for the NZIPR is examining the roles of Sovereign Funds (SFs) in the Pacific Islands. This reflects the fact that SFs are often the largest single asset owner and investor in the Pacific Islands, and the income stream from these funds can also be a large part of fiscal...

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26 Jun 2017

There are many factors as to why Pasifika learners are not achieving alongside the rest of their social groups. Some factors may relate to socioeconomics, poverty, barriers to learning, and a school environment not conducive to Pasifika ways of being. School boards govern schools and one of...

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19 May 2017

The thesis addresses significant gaps in the existing knowledge on land rights in the Pacific, which are the voices of urban women, fa’afafine, and fakaleitī1. The lands concerned are customary land in Samoa, and Crown owned land in Tonga. The knowledge in the thesis relates to human rights,...

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27 Apr 2017

This Samoan study explores people’s experiences and understandings of climate change, including whether and how climate-related factors have influenced internal and international mobility patterns in the last 30 years. This interdisciplinary village and family-based study combined a Samoan...

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12 Apr 2017

This research analyses the manifestation of fāgogo – an indigenous form of Samoan storytelling – in the digital media of Aotearoa. It argues that digital media and their associated frameworks have the potential to supplement historical fāgogo practices, nurturing cultural identity through...

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01 Jan 2017

This research engages with the work of afakasi American-American Samoan playwright John Kneubuhl. As a polycultural, pan-Pacific dramatist, Kneubuhl’s work explores post-colonial discourses, power structures and social and cultural hierarchies. An afakasi playwright also concerned with...

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09 Nov 2016

One of the five key first-year projects for the NZIPR is examining the roles of Sovereign Funds (SFs) in the Pacific Islands. This reflects the fact that SFs are often the largest single asset owner and investor in the Pacific Islands, and the income stream from these funds can also be a large...

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26 Oct 2016

How might the cultures of psychotherapy and Samoa intersect and clash? In order to further understand my own New Zealand-born Samoan identity, I have attempted to ground myself in psychodynamic theory, eliciting questions about my professional identity. As ways of understanding the self and...

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Research report

01 Aug 2016

Domestic violence is a serious social problem in Samoan communities. Some studies have suggested that nearly half of Samoan women have been subject to abuse by intimate partners or parents. The increase in cases of domestic violence in Samoa and the diaspora is slowly raising the public’s...

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14 Jul 2016

Te Whāriki positions itself as New Zealand’s first ever Early Childhood Curriculum with an unique bicultural feature honouring the Treaty of Waitangi (signed in 1840), and the partnership between tangata whenua (Māori) and the Crown (Government). The Te Whāriki curriculum found its origins in a...

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07 Jul 2016

The questioning of accountability for Samoa came to the forefront as a result of a publicised scandal involving funds donated in aid of the devastating effects of a tsunami in 2009. This scandal prompted an interest in examining the practice of accountability in Samoa and, thus, provided a...

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Research report

08 Jun 2016

In 2013, New Zealand and the European Union co-hosted the Pacific Energy Summit to fast-track sustainable energy development in the Pacific. It resulted in funding commitments of more than $635 million for a range of innovative renewable energy projects, and showed that donors and the private...

Evaluation

15 Apr 2016

1.1 Background and context

The New Zealand Government has allocated development assistance programme funds to Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) since it was established in 1962.  Guided by the priorities of the New Zealand Aid Programme, VSA works alongside people in the Pacific, mobilising...

Research report

03 Apr 2016

This project conducted a strategic assessment of the illicit small arms in the Western Pacific island region with a focus on Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (excluding Bougainville).

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With the exception of Papua New Guinea, the number of...

Report

22 Jan 2016

The evaluation covers all aspects of the Samoa School Fee Grant Scheme (SSFGS) since commencement of the programme in 2010 to its completion in June 2015. The purpose of the evaluation was to review progress in achieving the programme’s intended outcomes, impact and objectives. It assesses the...

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01 Jan 2016

This thesis offers a reappraisal of Earth as presented in Gen. 1:1-2:4a from a Samoan gafataulima (accomplish/fulfil/capable) hermeneutical perspective. The inspiration for the study arose out of a personal dilemma concerning my religious beliefs and the reality that I am experiencing in the...

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01 Jan 2016

‘Coconut water in a Coca Cola bottle’ symbolizes a human reality, that is, the search for identity of a New Zealand-born Samoan in the Congregational Christian Church Samoa (CCCS). The context of our investigation is the diaspora Samoan church in New Zealand. In the investigation of the concept...

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