Dr Linita Manu'atu

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Senior Lecturer, Pasifika Education

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7345

Email: linita.manu'atu@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

AUT South Campus
640 Great South Road, Manukau City.



Postal Address:
School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142.


Qualifications:

  • DipTchg (Secondary) 1987
  • BSc(Auck) 1989
  • DipTESL(Vic) 1990
  • MA(Hons)(Wai)  1995
  • EdD(Auck) 2001

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • 2014-2013 — Member of Editorial Board for International Education Research (IER)
  • 2014–2007 — Membership, NZARE. www.nzare.org.nz
  • 2014–1995 — Applied Linguistics Society of New Zealand (ALANZ)
  • 2014–2010 — Chair, Fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'I Aotearoa Tongan Early Childhood Association Inc.
  • 2014–2012 Chair, Tongan Language Week
  • 2014–1988 — Broadcaster & Founding member, Le'o 'o Felenite Radio Programme, Auckland Access Community Radio now 104.6Planet FM
  • 2014–2003 — Pasifika Educators Network (PEN), SoE Te Kura Mātauranga, AUT University
  • 2013–2005 — Board of Directors, Tongan Health Society
  • 2012–2010 — Board of Directors, Auckland PHO
  • 2012-2008 — Regional Editor for AlterNative. An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. ISSN 1177-1801. Online ISSN 1174-1740.
  • 2010-2007 — Pasifika Caucus, New Zealand Association of Research in Education (NZARE) Council.
  • 2006-2007 — Member of British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • 2003 — Member of Performance-Based Research Fund - PBRF Pacific Advisory Group.

Community Relationships

2014

  • September 1-7. Chair, Tongan Language Week. September 1. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le'o 'o Felenite Programme, Radio 104.6Planet FM., Talk about Tongan Language Week on Te Kaea, Maori Television News.September 3. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le'o 'o e 'Otu Felenite Programme, Radio 531PI.September 7. Closing Speech. Tongan Language Week on Radio Tonga 'I Aotearoa on 1593AM
  • 31 August 2014. Invited Speaker. "Ko e kai ia 'a e Tonga" (Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom). Ecumenical Tongan Youth Rally. Po Hiva Fakatahataha To'utupu Tonga.  Lotofale'ia Mangere Tongan Methodist Parish. (Guest of Honor, the Rt Hon John Key)
  • 1 August 2014. Researching and Writing the Conceptual Framework, Loto'iTonga and Fakamonū 'o Tonga for the new cutting edge Bachelor of Education (Tongan Early Childhood Teaching) in the Kingdom of Tonga.
  • 4 July 2014. Presenter, Tuli ke Ma'u Hono Ngaahi Malie. Poem recited in Critiquing Pasifika Education@the University Words of Wisdoms Symposium. AUT University, South Campus. Presenter, Wisdom in my home. Poem recited in Critiquing Pasifika Education@the University Words of Wisdoms Symposium. AUT University, South Campus.
  • 7 June 2014. Presenter. Fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'I Aotearoa: Resourcing Tongan ECE in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pasifika Early Learning Symposium in Partnership with Ministry of Education. Vodafone Centre, Manukau City. Presenter. Closing Remarks. Pasifika Early Learning Symposium in Partnership with Ministry of Education. Vodafone Centre, Manukau City
  • 24 April 2014. Guest Speaker.; Infants and Toddlers, a Pasifika perspective. Associate Teachers Fono, AUT University, South Campus. ppt presentation
  • 28 March 2014. Keynote Address. Inclusive or exclusive education. A Pasifika perspective. Associate Teachers Forum, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland.
  • 8 March 2014. Speaker, Fakakaukau 'o e koloa & fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'i he ECE. Kautaha Fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'i Aotearoa Summit (Part 1). AUT University, South Campus
  • 12 April 2014. Speaker, Fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'i he Ako Tokamu'a. Kautaha Fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'i Aotearoa Summit (Part 2). AUT University, South Campus.

2013

  • September 9-13 2013. Invitation. Tongan people's insight into enriching Indigenous and migrant education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Visiting scholar to Monash University, Faculty of Education, Peninsula Campus, Melbourne Australia. 11 September.
  • September 1-7. Chair, Tongan Language Week. September 2. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le'o 'o Felenite Programme, Radio 104.6 Planet FM. September 4 - Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le'o 'o e 'Otu Felenite, Radio 531PI.September 7. Closing Speech. Tongan Language Week on Le'o 'o e 'Otu Felenite, Radio 531PI
  • July 1 2013. Editing and publishing the 4th Critiquing Pasifika Education@the University Biennial 2013 Conference Proceedings - ISBN 978-1-927184-13-4.
  • 30 July 2013. Invitation to National Science Challenge Pasifika Workshops Pasifika. Massey University, Albany Campus. 9am – 4pm2 August 2013. National Science Challenge Workshop Pasifika. AUT University, Manukau Campus. 2pm – 6pm5 August 2013. National Science Challenge Workshop Pasifika. UNITEC, Mt Albert Campus. 4-7pm.
  • May 13 2013.  Recording Pacific Viewpoint: Theme: Gender equality in the Pacific. TNEWS 5-6pm in English language
  • May 13 2013. Recording TNEWS: Ko e tu'unga tatau 'a e Fefine mo e Tangata Tonga. 6-7pm in Tongan language. View YouTube video.
  • May 15 2013. Invitation. Guest Lecturer on topic: "Cultural competency in health practice" in Year Three Paper: Pacific Health Programme, Bachelor of  Health Science, The University of Auckland.
  • May 1 2013. Address the Associate Teachers for NatDip & new BPEd(ECT) Forum on the Conceptual Framework, TalanoaLālanga & FatuLālanga of the new BPEd(ECT). AUT University, Manukau Campus.= A ppt presentation.
  • January 27 2013. Guest Speaker, Ako Faka'univesiti & Polytechnic. Siasi Uesiliana, Panmure Community Centre, Auckland. 7-10pm.

2012

  • January 15 2012. Invitation. Ko e loto potó ko e fakatu'amelie mo e 'amanaki lelei 'i he fonua. Guest Speaker at the Pō Lotu Sapate Ako, Siasi SUTT, Mt Roskill Branch. Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland.
  • June 25 2012. Closing Speech, Tu'a'Ofa Memorial Lecture (In Memorial of the Late King of Tonga, King George Tupou V) . AUT University, Manukau Campus.
  • November 30 2012. Keynote. Fakakoloa Aotearoa: Contributing to and enriching Te Whenua o Aotearoa by Kakai Tonga Pasifika Literacy and Numeracy Symposium, MIT.
  • November 29 2012. Speech.  Tongan ideas of conceptual framework for Social Work in Aotearoa.  Ministry of Social Development Pasifika Fono on Pasifika conceptual frameworks.  Otara, Auckland.
  • September 1-8 2012. Chair, Tongan Language Week.September 8 2012. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Radio 531PI, 3 -6pm.
  • September 6 2012. Tagata Pasifika. Comment on Tongan Language Week 2012. View YouTube video.
  • September 5 2012. Tongan Language Week in New Zealand. Pacific Beat/ABC Radio Australia. Listen on the Radio Australia website.
  • September 5 2012 Hosting Tongan Language Week on Radio 531PI, 8pm – 12midnight
  • 5 September 2012. TVNZ on Good Morning TV1. Comments on Tongan Language Week 11.40am. View on TVNZ website.
  • September 1 2012. Opening speech, Tongan Language Week, Launch on Le'o 'o e 'Otu Felenite Programme on Radio 531PI.
  • April 17 2012. Powerpoint Presentation at the TEU Biennial Pacific Forum 2012 Speak Up for Pacific Education & Recognition (SUPER). Topic: "Le'o 'o e Kainga Tonga – A Tongan community voice".

Biography:

Dr Linitā Manu'atu was born and raised in the Kingdom of Tonga; she is a bilingual, biliterate Educationalist in the School of Education, AUT University.  In 1979, she migrated to Aotearoa New Zealand to continue her secondary and tertiary education. Linitā was the first woman in New Zealand and the Pacific to be conferred with the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from the Faculty of Arts, the University of Auckland. She holds a Master in Applied Linguistics and a Bachelor of Science major in Mathematics.


Dr Manu'atu leads the development of the only Pasifika MEd Paper, 299305 Pasifika Education: Issues and Educational Research Methodologies. At the tertiary level of education, Linitā’s original contribution to Pasifika Education has been in developing the TalanoaLālanga and FatuLālanga Conceptual Framework for the cutting edge Bachelor of Pasifika Education Early Childhood Teaching, BPEd(ECT). All the papers in the BPEd(ECT) are named with Tongan concepts.


In 2013, staff at AUT's School of Education commenced teaching the new degree. Since 2003, Dr Manu'atu has examined a number of doctoral and masterate theses; as well as assessing a range of masterate theses. Her multidisciplinary research interests include: Indigenous and Migrant Education (IME), Pasifika Education and Pedagogy, Early Years Education, Tongan language and culture in New Zealand, Pō Ako (Homework and Learning Centres), Applied Linguistics, Tongan health in New Zealand.


Linitā has published widely, presented in local and international conferences, delivered numerous keynote addresses and speeches in public fora, educational settings, Tongan church contexts in both Tongan and English languages.


Dr Manu'atu is a Member of the Editorial Board for International Education Research (IER).  She is the Chair of the Conference Co-ordinating Committee (CCC) of the Biennial Critiquing Pasifika Education @ the University Conference.


In 2013, the CCC held the 4th biennial conference and published the first Conference Proceedings, the third publication from the conferences. Within the Aotearoa-Tongan intercultural relationships and community work, Linitā is the Chair of the Fakakoloa 'a e Tonga 'i Aotearoa Tongan Early Childhood Association, Tongan Language and Culture Week Committee, Fatumanongi 'o Houmale'eia Committee and the VakaFanāUa 'a e Kainga Ongo Niua mo Tafahi Committee.


From 2008 to 2010, Dr Manu'atu was the NZARE Pasifika Caucus representative and, from 2005-2013, Director of the Tongan Health Society and the Auckland Primary Health Organisation from 2010-2012.

Teaching Areas:

MEd Programme Pasifika Education, MEd

  • EDUC823 – 30pts Issues, Educational Research Methodologies.

MEd Leadership, MEdL

  • EDLD 802: 30 pts Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities

Bachelor of Pasifika Education (Early Childhood Teaching) (BPEd(ECT)

  • ECET564 KoloaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education I
  • ECET664 FakakoloaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education II
  • ECET764 Koloa’iaAotearoa: Indigenous and Migrant Education III
  • ECET765 ‘Etau Ngaahi Lea: Our Languages
  • Guest Lecturer in All papers of BPEd(ECT).

BEd [ECE Pasifika]:

  • EDUC750 Tautai: Pasifika Research Methodologies
  • EDCR740 Tofaliuliu: Pasifika Philosophies and pedagogies
  • EDCR741 Fatua'iupu: Pasifika Research Methodologies

BEd (ECE Specialty)

  • EDUC751 Teaching children from diverse ethnicities.

National Diploma in Teaching [ECE Pasifika]

  • ECET765 Ngaahi Lea: Pasifika perspectives. Language and Languages
  • ECET565 Fonua:Pasifika Perspectives Human Development and Learning 1.
  • Guest Lecturer in all the papers of the National Diploma.

Linitā currently supervises Masters and Doctoral candidates across disciplines at the university.

Research Areas:

Current research interests

  • Pacific Education
  • Pacific Early Learning
  • Pedagogy and Policy
  • Educational Leadership
  • Tongan Language and Culture Research
  • Tongan / Pacific Research Methodologies & Ethics
  • Teacher Education
  • Po Ako: A Framework for Homework Programmes
  • Critical Education for Tongan Adults and Parents
  • Tongan Health Research
  • Applied Linguistics

Current Research Projects:

  1. Topic:  The heart of critical Tongan leadership in Early Childhood Education, in New Zealand (2013-2014)
  2. Writing the conceptual framework of the Bachelor of Education (Tongan Early Learning) in Tongan language (2014).

Publications:

Published reviews

  • Still Looking in the Hole with My Three-Prong Cocked:  Fire the Pohaku Cannon.  Article reviewed for Alternative, International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, The University of Auckland. (April 2009).
  • Voices of Palestinian Bedouin Women in Israel.  Holy Land Studies A Multidisciplinary Journal, Volume 7, Number 2, November 2008 p. 236.  Edinburgh University Press.  ISSN 1474-9475; eISSN 1750-0125 DOI:10.3366/E1474947508000292 http://www.eupjournals.com/journal/hls
  • Abu-Saad, K.; Horowitz, T.; Abu-Saad, I. Weaving Tradition and Modernity Bedouin Women in Higher Education.  The Robert H. Arnow Centre for Bedouin Studies & Development Research Unit & Negev Centre for Regional Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.  ISBN 965-72-11-23-9 (April 2008).
  • English literacy of New Zealand's Adult Pacific Peoples.  Article reviewed for NZARE Conference 2008 (Paper NZARE08_082) (October 2008).
  • Maori and Pasifika Indigenous Connections:  Tensions and Possibilities. Article reviewed for Alternative, International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, Nga Pae o Te Mramatanga, The University of Auckland. (May 2007).
  • Beliefs, Values and World Views that Underpin Teaching Practice in Samoa.  Article reviewed for NZARE Conference 2007 (Paper NZARE07_235) (November 2007).
  • Recurring Patterns of Numeracy Misconceptions with Consecutive Cohorts of Primary Reservice Teachers:  Concerns and Implications. Article reviewed for NZARE Conference 2007 (Paper NZARE07_141) (November 2007).
  • Teaching academic writing skills to first year Pacific students.  In Communication Skills in University Education (CSUE).  Article reviewed for The University of Auckland, Students Learning Centre.

Chapters in books

2009
  • Manuatu, L. (2009). Pacific Processes and Pedagogies.  In Sanga, K. & Thaman, Konai H. (Eds), Re-thinking Education Curricular in the Pacific: Challenges and Prospects. (pp. 172-182). He Parekereke Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington. ISBN 978-0-475-12342-8.

2006

  • Manuatu, L. & Kpa, M. (2006). (2nd Eds)  TALANOAMLIE: Social and Educational Empowerment for Tongans by Tongans in the Pasifika Education Proposal. In I. Abu-Saad & D. Champagne (Eds), Indigenous Education and Empowerment. International Perspectives.  (pp. 169-177).  Altimira Press. A Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Lanham, New York, Toronto, Oxford.  ISBN 0-7591-0895-1. ISBN 978-0-7591-0895-0.

2005

  • Manuatu, L. & Kpa, M. (2005) TalanoaMlie:  Transcultural Education and Peace.  In D. Champagne & I. Abu-Saad (Eds), Indigenous and Minority Education. International Perspectives on Empowerment (pp. 365-374). Negev Center for Regional Development: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. ISBN 965-7211-17-4.
  • Manuatu, L. (2005).  Invitation.  The PBRF and Education:  a Tongan perspective.  In Smith, R. & J. Jesson (Eds.).  Punishing the discipline — the PBRF regime: Evaluating the position of education — where to from here? (pp 90-93).  Faculty of Education: The University of Auckland.

2004

  • Manu'atu, L. & Kepa, T.M.A. (2004 October).  A critical Tongan perspective on the notion of 'Study Clinics'.  In Baba, T., Mahina, O., Williams, N., Nabobo-Baba, U. (Eds) Researching the Pacific & Indigenous Issues, Centre for Pacific Studies, The University of Auckland.  (pp. 145-158).

1998

  • Kepa, M. & Manuatu, L. (1998).  A Tongan-based community initiative in a New Zealand secondary school.  In Jack C. Richards (Ed), Teaching in Action (pp. 62-67). Alexandria, Virginia: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
  • Kepa, M. & Manuatu, L. (1998).  An attached ESOL unit in a coeducational urban New Zealand secondary school.  In Jack C. Richards (Ed), Teaching in Action (pp. 74-82).  Alexandria, Virginia: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

Journal articles

  • Kpa, M. & Manuatu, L. (2008). TalanoaMlie. Transcultural Education and Peace. National University of Samoa. Measina a Samoa. Volumes 2 & 3, 43-48.
  • Manuatu, L. (2008).  Conference Opening Remarks.  Special Edition/Special Issue. Critiquing Pasifika Education. ALTERNATIVE An International Journal of Indigenous Scholarhsip. 57-67. ISSN 1177-1801 www.maramatanga.co.nz
  • Kpa, M & Manuatu, L. (2008). Invitation.  Pedagogical Decolonization:  Impacts of the European/Pakeha society on the education of Tongan people in Aotearoa-New Zealand.  ABS American Behavioral Scientist Journal. SAGE: U.S.A. 51 (12), 1801-1816 Online ISSN 1552-3381 Print ISSN 0002-7642
  • Kepa, M. & Manuatu, L. (2006). Invitation.  FetuiakiMlie, talking together.  Pasifika in mainstream education.  Waikato Journal of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • Kpa, T.M.A. & Manuatu, L. (2006).  Indigenous Maori and Tongan perspectiveson the Role of Tongan Language and Culture in the Community and in the University in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The American Indian Quarterly. Volume 30 Nos 1 & 2 Northern Arizona University: U.S.A. pp. 11-27.
  • Manuatu, L. (2005). Invitation.  Fonua, Tuufonua, Nofofonua:  ko e fokotuu talanoa pe.  Alternative Journal, an International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship. Nga Pae o Te Mramatanga The National Institute of Research Excellence in Maori Development, University of Auckland, New Zealand. pp 136-151.
  • Manu'atu, L. (2004).  TalanoaMlie Innovative Reform Through Social Dialogue in New Zealand.  In Cultural Survival Quarterly, Winter 2004 Volume 27 Issue 4, pp 39-41.
  • Manuatu, L & Kpa T.M.A. (2003) A critical theory to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The promising focus for indigenous perspectives. The Journal of Engaged Pedagogy. Japan: English Department, Ochanomizu University. (Bilingual Japanese & English Journal). pp 167-177.
  • Manuatu, L & Kpa T.M.A (2003) Toward conceptualising cultural diversity. An indigenous critique. Journal of Mori & Pacific Development. School of Mori & Pacific Development & International Centre for Cultural Studies (ICCS, India.  7th Joint Conference, Preservation of Ancient Cultures and the Globalisation Scenario. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Manuatu, L. (2000). Ktoanga Faiva: A pedagogical site for Tongan students. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 32 (1), 73-80.

Refereed conference proceedings

  • Kpa, M & Manuatu, L (2008). Fonua: Lands, Languages, Teaching and Learning. Language Politics in the National Diploma in Teaching Early Childhood Education Pasifika. In Proceedings of the BAAL Annual Conference 2007. Scitsiugnil Press: London, UK. ISBN is 978-0-9559533-0-9.
  • Kpa, M. & Manuatu, L. (2008). Fonua, Whenua & Land. Conceptualising Pedagogical Decolonisation. NZARE National Conference 2007 Conference Papers CD-Rom. ISBN 1176-4902.
  • Kpa, M & Manuatu, L. (in press). TalanoaMlie: Transcultural Education & Peace. MEASINA Samoa Conference, National University of Samoa.  December 15-17, 2003.

Refereed conference papers

  • Kpa, M. & Manuatu, L (2008) TalanoaMlie: An innovative space in Early Childhood Education for revitalising and maintaining Tongan language and culture in the University Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalisation & Multilingual Education in Ethnolinguistic Communities. Twin Towers Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 1-3 July. ISBN:978-974-8349-47-3.
  • Manu`atu, L. & Kepa, M. (2007). Fonua: People, Placenta, Burial & Land. Pedagogical Decolonisation. Paper presentation, New Zealand Association for Research in Education Annual Meeting, University of Canterbury. Dec 4-7.
  • Kepa, M. & Manu`atu, L. (2006). Let Us Join the Feast at the Table. Putting Pasifika in the National Diploma in Teaching Early Childhood Education (Pasifika). NZARE National Conference 2006, Manaakitanga: Feel the spirit. Grand Tiara Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand, 5-8 December 2006.
  • Kepa, M. & Manuatu, L. (2006).  Speak and Speak:  Tongan people talking our voice in the National Diploma in Teaching Early Childhood Education (Pasifika).  Paper presentation.  BAAL/IRAAL Annual Conference.  University College, Cork, Ireland. 7-9 September 2006.
  • Kepa, M. & Manuatu, L. (2006).  Loosening the grip of the Tiresome Prima Donna.  Paper presentation.  2006 Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) Conference.  University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.  July 5-8, 2006.  
  • Manuatu, L. (2006).  Invitation.  Pacific Pedagogies and Processes.  Talanoa mfana pea mlie For Tongan people by Tongan people.  Paper presentation.  Re-Thinking Pacific Education Initiative for Pacific People by Pacific People (RPEIPP) Project, University of the South Pacific.  3-7 April 2006.
  • Kpa, M. & Manuatu, L. (2005). Unending curiosity and empowering Tongan people Indigenous Tongan & Mori perspectives on partnership & practice in secondary schooling.  Paper presentation. Ministry of Education Northern Region Conference 19-21 April 2005. Partnership and Practice in the 21st Century.
  • Manuatu, L. & Kepa, T.M.A. (2003). PTalanoaMlie. An indigenous critique of Intercultural Education. Paper presented at the UNESCO Conference on Intercultural Education, 15-18 June, Jyvskyl.
  • Manuatu, L. & Kpa, T.M.A. (2003). Toward reconstituting the notion of Study Clinics. An indigenous critique. Paper presentated at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference in Arlington, Virginia. (March).
  • Manuatu, L. & Kepa, T.M.A. (2002). Toward conceptualizing cultural diversity. An indigenous critique. Paper presented at the7th Joint Conference, Preservation of ancient cultures and the globalization scenario. School of Mori and Pacific Development & International Centre for Cultural Studies (ICCS), India. University of Waikato, Hamilton, (November 21-24).
  • Manuatu, L & Kepa, T,M.A.. (2002). Toward reconstituting the notion of Study Clinics A Kakai Tonga Tua community-based educational project. Resources in education. (ERIC Document Service No.ED 465291.
  • Manuatu, L. & Kepa, T.M.A. (2002). Toward reconstituting the notion of Study Clinics. A Kakai Tonga Tua community-based educational project. Paper presented at the Pasifika Bilingual Education Conference, Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Auckland. Invited presenter. (October 1-3) AND the Community Languages and ESOL Conference, Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand in Wellington, (July 5-8).
  • Manuatu, L. & Kpa, T.M.A. (2001). Le Mirage Pasifiki. The demotion of indigenous peoples in the Pacific Rim. Paper presented at The 2nd Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Conference. University of Auckland. Paper presentation. (February).
  • Manuatu, L. (2001).  Tongan Faiva and the ASB Bank Auckland Secondary Schools Maori and Pacific Islands Cultural Festival.  A paper presented at the Taonga of the Asia Pacific Rim:  International Society for Music Education Conference, Aotea Centre, Auckland.
  • Manuatu, L. & Kpa, T.M.A (2001). A critical theory to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Paper presented at the  PacSLRF, Pacific Rim, Second Language & Research Forum Conference, University of Hawaii, Manoa. (February).
  • Manuatu, L. & Kpa, T.M.A. (2001). A critical theory to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): The promising focus for indigenous perspectives. In Resource in education. (ERIC Document Service No ED 465 273. US Department of Education: Office of Educational  Research and Improvement. National Library of Education (NLE), Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC).
  • Manuatu, L. & Kepa, T.M.A. (2000). Education in the night: A serious separation. Paper presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, University of Hawaii, Hilo. Eric Reproduction Release. US Department of Education: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). National Library of Education (NLE). Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC).
  • Manuatu, L. & Kepa, T.M.A. (1999). Education in the night. A serious separation. Paper presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education, University of Hawaii, Hilo. (November).
  • Kepa, M. & Manuatu, L. (1993).  Building on strengths: The English language unit and the homework centre initiative for Maori and Tongan learners. Paper presented at the ACTA/ATESOL (NSW) National Conference and 8th Summer School. Sydney.

Other contributions

2015

  • 25 May. CSOC representative on the AUT Academic Board
    25 May. Invitation. Board Member in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, edited by Michael A. Peters.
    5 June 2015. Guest Speaker. Topic: Promoting Quality learning in Maori and Pasifika Nursery Rhymes and Poems. Tongan Early Learning Sector Forum sponsored by MOE and ECE Astute Ltd.
    9 June 2015Invited Speaker. Launch of the Tongan translation of The Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Manual. Alliance Health Plus, 15b Vestey Dr, Mt Wellington, Auckland.
    29 June 2015. Invited Speaker. “Pacific best practice and actions: a Tongan perspective. Counties Manukau DHB Pasifika Week (Tonga Day), Middlemore Hospital, Auckland. AARE/NZARE Conference 2014. Dec University of Brisbane.
  • November 28. Book Launch, Booklet of Poems Words and Wisdom. ISBN: 978-1-927184-24-0
  • September 1-7. Chair, Tongan Language Week.
  • September 1. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le’o ‘o Felenite Programme, Radio 104.6Planet FM., Talk about Tongan Language Week on Te Kaea, Maori Television News.
  • September 3. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le’o ‘o e ‘Otu Felenite Programme, Radio 531PI.
  • September 7. Closing Speech. Tongan Language Week on Radio Tonga ‘I Aotearoa on 1593AM
  • 31 August 2014. Invited Speaker. “Ko e kai ia ‘a e Tonga” (Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom). Ecumenical Tongan Youth Rally. Po Hiva Fakatahataha To’utupu Tonga. Lotofale’ia Mangere Tongan Methodist Parish. (Guest of Honor, the Rt Hon John Key)
  • 1 August 2014. Researching and Writing the Conceptual Framework, Loto’iTonga and Fakamonū ‘o Tonga for the new cutting edge Bachelor of Education (Tongan Early Childhood Teaching) in the Kingdom of Tonga.
  • 4 July 2014. Presenter, Tuli ke Ma’u Hono Ngaahi Malie. Poem recited in Critiquing Pasifika Education@the University Words of Wisdoms Symposium. AUT University, South Campus.
  • Presenter, Wisdom in my home. Poem recited in Critiquing Pasifika Education@the University Words of Wisdoms Symposium. AUT University, South Campus.
  • 7 June 2014. Presenter. Fakakoloa ‘a e Tonga ‘I Aotearoa: Resourcing Tongan ECE in Aotearoa New Zealand. Pasifika Early Learning Symposium in Partnership with Ministry of Education. Vodafone Centre, Manukau. Presenter. Closing Remarks. Pasifika Early Learning Symposium in Partnership with Ministry of Education. Vodafone Centre, Manukau City
  • 24 April 2014. Guest Speaker. Infants and Toddlers, a Pasifika perspective. Associate Teachers Fono, AUT University, South Campus. ppt presentation
  • 28 March 2014. Keynote Address. Inclusive or exclusive education. A Pasifika perspective. Associate Teachers Forum, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland.
  • 8 March 2014. Speaker, Fakakaukau ‘o e koloa & fakakoloa ‘a e Tonga ‘i he ECE. Kautaha Fakakoloa ‘a e Tonga ‘i Aotearoa Summit (Part 1). AUT University, South Campus
  • 12 April 2014. Speaker, Fakakoloa ‘a e Tonga ‘i he Ako Tokamu’a. Kautaha Fakakoloa ‘a e Tonga ‘i Aotearoa Summit (Part 2). AUT University, South Campus.

2013

  • September 9-13 2013. Invitation. Tongan people’s insight into enriching Indigenous and migrant education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Visiting scholar to Monash University, Faculty of Education, Peninsula Campus, Melbourne Australia. 11 September.
  • September 1-7. Chair, Tongan Language Week.
  • September 2. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le’o ‘o Felenite Programme, Radio 104.6Planet FM
  • September 4. Hosting Tongan Language Week on Le’o ‘o e ‘Otu Felenite, Radio 531PI.
  • September 7. Closing Speech. Tongan Language Week on Le’o ‘o e ‘Otu Felenite, Radio 531PI
  • July 1 2013. Editing and publishing the 4th Critiquing Pasifika Education@the University Biennial 2013 Conference Proceedings- ISBN 978-1-927184-13-4.
  • 30 July 2013. Invitation to National Science Challenge Pasifika Workshops Pasifika. Massey University, Albany Campus. 9am-4pm
  • 2 August 2013. National Science Challenge Workshop Pasifika. AUT University, Manukau Campus. 2-6pm
  • 5 August 2013. National Science Challenge Workshop Pasifika. UNITEC, Mt Albert Campus. 4-7pm.
  • May 13 2013. Recording Pacific Viewpoint: Theme: Gender equality in the Pacific. TNEWS 5-6in English language
  • May 13 2013. Recording TNEWS: Ko e tu’unga tatau ‘a e Fefine mo e Tangata Tonga. 6-7in Tongan language tnews.co.nz/
  • May 15 2013. Invitation. Guest Lecturer on topic: “Cultural competency in health practice” in Year Three Paper: Pacific Health Programme, Bachelor of Health Science, The University of Auckland. .
  • May 1 2013. Address the Associate Teachers for NatDip & new BPEd(ECT) Forum on the Conceptual Framework, TalanoaLālanga & FatuLālanga of the new BPEd(ECT). AUT University, Manukau Campus. A ppt presentation.
  • January 27 2013. Guest Speaker, Ako Faka’univesiti & Polytechnic. Siasi Uesiliana, Panmure Community Centre, Auckland. 7-10.