‘FetuiakiMālie, Talking Together’: Pasifika in Mainstream Education

Mere Kēpa


In this article we describe the development of a new qualification in early childhood education, Pasifika. We present an indigenous Tongan and Māori critique that challenges the consultation process and methodological content of the new qualification. The notion of Fetuiakiālie is drawn upon to debunk the mainstream notion in education that culture is static, passionless, superior and universal.


Early childhood; Pasifika education; Tongan; Māori, Tertiary eduction; FetuiakiMālie

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DOI: 10.15663/wje.v12i1.298


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