Group identity


Conference paper

‘Sense of place’: policy definition and evaluation

This study provides illustration of the cognitive, affective and behavioral components of 'sense of place' through three case studies from Victoria.
Journal article

Honouring student “voice” in investigating student identity development in a narrative study: a methodological and analytical example

Multiple, interrelated narrative methods were employed in a doctoral study purposed to investigate the student identity development of seven first-year participants. This approach provided them with multiple opportunities to convey their unique first-year experiences and revealed rich understandings of how they constructed their identities at...


Negotiating multiple identities: intersecting identities among Māori, Pacific, rainbow and disabled young people

In this report, the authors use Youth19 data to explore the wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand secondary school students with multiple social identities.

A malu i fale le gagana, e malu fo'i i fafo. The Use and Value of the Samoan Language in Samoan Families in New Zealand

New Zealand census data indicates Samoan language use has declined rapidly in the last 20 years, particularly among the New Zealand-born Samoan population. The aims of this qualitative and family-based study were to identify factors which might impact these declines with five South Auckland families...
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To Be Seen and Heard: The Lived Experience of Pasifika Students Participating in Psychotherapy Training in Aotearoa, New Zealand an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

The focus of this research was the lived experience of self-identified Pasifika students; exploring their ethnic identity and experience of psychotherapy training. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to analyse data derived from semi-structured in- depth interviews with three participants; each engaged in psychotherapy training...

Leadership in Early Childhood Education: The Journey of Pasifika Educators

Leadership theory and practice are well developed in the business sector, corporate organisations and in the compulsory schooling sector. However, leadership in the early childhood sector lacks direction and effective support from Government (Cooper, 2014; Thornton, 2005). Furthermore, these mainly Western notions of educational leadership...

Searching for the Digital Fāgogo: A Study of Indigenous Samoan Storytelling in Contemporary Aotearoa Digital Media

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 connection in the...

Sauerkraut and Salt Water: The German-Tongan Diaspora Since 1932

This is a study of individuals of German-Tongan descent living around the world. Taking as its starting point the period where Germans in Tonga (2014) left off, it examines the family histories, self-conceptions of identity, and connectedness to Germany of twenty-seven individuals living in New...
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South Side Pride: Celebrating the Pride of South Auckland Through Interactive Storytelling

Using contemporary and traditional forms of technology and textiles, this project aims to give the South Auckland community a voice, and to share the community’s unique nature. Within a participatory design approach and an action research framework, South Auckland residents contributed stories, thoughts and perspectives...

Not Our Future: An Exploration of Pacific Cultural Identity Through Targeted Television Health Advertising

This research study investigates how Pacific Peoples of New Zealand perceive and interpret their cultural identity through targeted television health messages and advertising. These health messages which portray Pacific Peoples are sponsored by the New Zealand Government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). A brief review of...

How does the next generation of Pacific diaspora from blended backgrounds construct and maintain their identities through the spaces they inhabit?

How does the next generation of Pacific diaspora from ‘blended backgrounds’ construct and maintain their identities through the spaces they inhabit? The aim of this research is to highlight the importance of space in relation to identity for Pacific diasporic communities in Auckland, specifically looking...
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Does Melanie Klein's Concept of Internal Objects Relate to Samoan Writings on Internal Structures of the Self? A Phenomenologically-oriented Heuristic Enquiry

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 patterns...

Culturally Responsive Leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand Secondary Schools

At the heart of leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand schools is a focus on how everyone can work together to improve educational and social outcomes for all young people (Ministry of Education, 2008). To actualise this intention, educators face a number of challenges including an...

The Rahui: legal pluralism in polynesian traditional management of resources and territories

This collection deals with an ancient institution in Eastern Polynesia called the rahui, a form of restricting access to resources and/or territories. Summary While tapu had been extensively discussed in the scientific literature on Oceanian anthropology, the rahui is quite absent from secondary modern literature...
Journal article

Social group memberships in retirement are associated with reduced risk of premature death: evidence from a longitudinal cohort study

This article examines the extent to which membership in social groups following retirement determines quality of life and mortality.
Working paper

‘Aussie Afghans’ – The identity journeys of Muslim Australians, with a focus on Hazara Afghans, as they negotiate individual, ethnic, religious and national identities

This project explores the dynamic trajectories that ‘Hazara Afghan Australian Muslims’ take as they negotiate through their multiple sense of identities in each of these categories. The investigation into the lives of Hazara Australians raises important questions and provides some interesting results. More than anything...

Pacific Psychometrics: Development, validation and application of the Pacific Identity and Wellbeing Scale

The Pacific Identity and Wellbeing Scale (PIWBS: Manuela & Sibley, 2013) is a culturally appropriate, self-report measure for Pacific peoples in New Zealand. It is an integration of Western psychological theory and indigenous, Pacific concepts of the self, ethnic identity and wellbeing. In this thesis...

“Coconut water in a Coca Cola bottle” in search of an identity: a New Zealand-born Samoan Christian in a globalized world

An investigation into New Zealand-born Samoan identity in the Congregational Christian Church Samoa.
Working paper

Next-door strangers: explaining ‘neighbourliness’ between Hindus and Muslims in a riot-affected city

Abstract: One of the factors demonstrated by racial or religious segregation is people’s preference for residential homophily – the tendency of like-minded people to gather in the same places. In societies disposed to ethnic conflict, homophily serves the added purpose of safety in numbers. When...

Mavae and Tofiga: spatial exposition of the Samoan cosmogony and architecture

How is space constituted and made manifest in the cultural and philosophical context of Samoan society? And how can a primordial concept of space be constituted in the architecture of the fale (house) and then reconstituted as a cultural phenomenon, stretching from pre-contact times in...
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Adorning shared spaces

This work pursues an interest in the protocols of my own cultural traditions of the Torres Strait Islands specifically Pacific adornment and customary ritualistic practices. The scope of this work is limited to an exploration of the ilan dress and its performativity as an object...

Pukepuke Fonua: an exploratory study on the faikava as an identity marker for New Zealand-born Tongan males in Auckland, New Zealand

This thesis is an exploratory study of the experiences and perceptions of a group of New Zealand-born Tongan males living in Auckland on what participation in the Tongan cultural practice of the faikava meant to them, how they valued this experience and whether they believed...

Intercultural relationships: assessing East and South East Asian international students' adaptation levels at universities in Aotearoa/New Zealand

“Everywhere is home, if you know enough about how things work there” (Bennett, 2011, p. 5). This thesis critically assesses the relationships formed by East and South-East-Asian international students as they sojourn in New Zealand and attend university during that period.

Blogging for social change in Papua New Guinea: a case study investigation of The Namorong Report

The media landscape in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has recently been undergoing a dramatic change. Greater access to mobile media technologies and expanding communications infrastructure are fundamentally altering the ways Papua New Guineans participate in personal and mass communications. A new social media culture is...

‘Ou te le fefe – Interpreting statistical data through a cultural lens

For Pacific peoples, Aotearoa-New Zealand has always been a land of opportunity as it is for everyone who arrives (or had arrived) on these shores. All have come with their hopes, their dreams and their visions of a better life for themselves and their children...