Pasifika Research Article of the Week: To know more of what it is and what it is not: Pacific research on the move by Sanga and Reynolds

To name something is to stake a claim, an action which, while having a moment of origin, requires dynamic attention to context and development. This article discusses the naming of Pacific research. It offers a brief but timely reminder of the genealogy of the field before approaching a number of issues of contemporary concern. These include the need for placing new work within existing patterns and models of research;… Read more

Bond, Fisher, Longhurst, and Johnstone: ‘Calling it!’ Strategies for combating discrimination and harassment in the Academy

White and gendered privilege continues to permeate the academy. There are the quiet conversations between colleagues and friends in corridors around the colleague who always makes inappropriate offensive ‘jokes’ that are sexualised, gendered or racist. ‘Calling it’ risks the rebuff to ‘lighten up’ or take ‘a joke’. There are the frustrations at the power plays and politics of meetings, getting… Read more
Rubbish bin with banners saying "Homophobia", "Racism" and "Sexism" in it.

Māori Article of the Week: Values and Culture in Evaluative Thinking: Insights from Aotearoa New Zealand by Wehipeihana and McKegg

Evaluative thinking as currently discussed in evaluation literature is relatively “culture free” in spite of the well‐known connection between values and culture. This chapter reviews the adequacy of applying dominant ways of knowing to evaluative thinking and reasoning in indigenous contexts. Through a case example, it explores how indigenous knowledge systems might influence our conceptions of evaluative… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Ngā Whakāwhitinga (standing at the crossroads): How Māori understand what Western psychiatry calls “schizophrenia” by Taitimu, Read, and MacIntosh

This project explored how Māori understand experiences commonly labelled “schizophrenic” or “psychotic”. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 57 Māori participants who had either personal experiences labelled as “psychosis” or “schizophrenia”, or who work with people with such experiences; including tangata whaiora (users of mental health services), tohunga (traditional… Read more

Māori Article of the Week: Humanising Secondary School Concepts: Learning from Aotearoa New Zealand to Peru by Macfarlane, Angel, Fickel, and Macfarlane

In the context of secondary education, changes are taking place which serve as an important source of inspiration for considering how to “promote the best possible realization of humanity as humanity” (Dewey, 1966, p. 95). Utilising concepts of care and restorative practice, high school students and staff in three schools in Latin America and Aotearoa New Zealand are engaging with alternative ways of understanding… Read more

Elysium Health: A New Zealand City the Size of Berkeley, CA, Has Been Studying Aging for 45 Years. Here’s What They Discovered.

Between April 1 of 1975 and March 31 of 1976, a young psychologist named Phil Silva set out to capture the psychological and medical data of every child born three years previously in Queen Mary Maternity Hospital in the city of Dunedin, on the coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Silva had gathered the same childrens’ data at the time of their birth. But now he had something much bigger in mind: one of the most comprehensive… Read more
Aerial view of Dunedin and the Otago peninsula

Usability of Disaster Apps Survey

Do you use a smartphone app to know about hazard events? Help us understand the usability of disaster apps by participating in this survey Marion Tan, a PhD candidate with the Joint Centre of Disaster Research studies disaster apps and their usability. Through the results of this survey, her research project aims to produce a framework that will help designers and developers build… Read more

Dr. Denise Blake: Emergency preparation discourse – is it only for the privileged?

Dr Denise Blake, lead author based at Massey’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research in Wellington, has challenged the implicit assumption of emergency preparedness literature that everyone can afford to buy extra food and water, torches, spare batteries and other emergency survival items. In her recently published paper: Get prepared: Discourse for the privileged? Dr Blake questions assumptions behind… Read more
Earthquake survival bag including food and water rations, fist aid kits, and sleeping bags.

Andrew Sayer: We need to challenge the myth that the rich are specially-talented wealth creators

In light of the news that the richest 80 people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population, all 3.5 billion of them, and at the time of the plutocrats’ World Economic Forum in Davos, many people are talking about the extraordinary concentration of wealth at the top. Here in the UK, the combined wealth of the richest 1,000 people is £519 billion (up from $450 billion in 2013). That’s… Read more
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Moana Maniapoto: I hope the new government doesn’t need sleep

Birds are singing, the grass is greener — and after Winston Peters’ announcement, there’s suddenly more colour and bounce in the world. It’s amazing how happiness makes everyone look more youthful, more beautiful. Call us naive. Call us idealistic. Call us while we’re still in a good mood. I’m so happy to be happy, I almost feel sorry for the other lot. It’s stink being depressed and, let’s… Read more