Pasifika Researcher Article of the Week: Pasifika in the news: the portrayal of Pacific peoples in the New Zealand press by R. Loto et al

Pacific Islanders have faced discrimination in New Zealand particularly since the 1960s when communities began to be transplanted from their home nations to Aotearoa as cheap immigrant labour. Subsequently, the New Zealand vernacular has contained references to Pacific Islanders as overstayers , coconuts , bungas and fresh off the boat [FOB]. However, the legacy of a domineering relationship between the Palagi… Read more

Māori Researcher Article of the Week: Data, story and matauranga Maori by Heemi McDonald

As educators, we collect copious amounts of data. As the established norm, data practices within schools are often viewed as Pakeha centric, rarely viewed from a Maori perspective. Unfortunately, the data practices result in depersonalisation of information and, once embedded, lead to stagnation and stigmatisation. This research project was centered on destabilising the binary relationship between data practices… Read more

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.