Dr Teena Brown Pulu

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Senior Lecturer

Email: teena.brown.pulu@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3707-1569

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2008 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Waikato

Overview:

Teena is a Pacific anthropologist who has published extensively on cultural politics and social identity in the Kingdom of Tonga and Tongan communities in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Fields of research:

  • Anthropology of Development
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Government and Politics of Asia and The Pacific

Student research supervision

  • Sanjha Punjab - United Punjab, AUT University (2019 - 2023)
  • Theatre and Drag Identity: A Comparative Study of Gender Performance Traditions in Manipur and New Zealand Theatre, AUT University (2017 - 2021)
  • Media Freedom Under the Pohiva Government, AUT University (2017 - 2020)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Brown Pulu, T., Singh, H., & Sarkaria, G. S. (2018). South Auckland Sikhs and Punjab issues: Justice, identity work and development. Asian Development Perspectives, 9(2), 129-141. doi:10.22681/adp.2018.9.2.129

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2017). Melino stood at the edge. In S. Wilson (Ed.), The journal of urgent writing (pp. 66-81). Auckland: Massey University Press. Retrieved from http://www.masseypress.ac.nz/

Books

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2011). Shoot the Messenger: The report on the Nuku'alofa reconstruction project and why the Government of Tonga dumped it. PO Box 880, Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga: Taimi Publishers.

Journal articles

  • Brown Pulu, T., Singh, H., & Sarkaria, G. S. (2018). South Auckland Sikhs and Punjab issues: Justice, identity work and development. Asian Development Perspectives, 9(2), 129-141. doi:10.22681/adp.2018.9.2.129

  • Brown Pulu, T., & Pamatatau, R. (2016). Transnational Tongan life. Performance Research, 21(5). doi:10.1080/13528165.2016.1223447

  • Brown, T., & Pamatatau, R. (2015). The suckling pig chronicles: Kolonga day in Auckland. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 8(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T., & Pamatatau, R. (2015). Who's who in the zoo: Tonga election 2014. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 8(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T., & Pamatatau, R. (2015). Fieldwork journals on Tonga's 2014 election: What is funny about that?. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 8(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Free roast pig at open day: All you can eat will not attract South Auckland Pacific Islanders to university.. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7(1). Retrieved from http://tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/article/view/180/138

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Geopolitical Storymaking about Tonga and Fiji: How media fooled people to believe Ma'afu wanted Lau. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Disaster Politics: Cyclone Politicking and Electioneering in the Kingdom of Tonga. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7(1). Retrieved from http://tekaharoa.com/

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2014). Who's who in the zoo: Tonga election 2014. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 8(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Free roast pig at open day: All you can eat will not attract South Auckland Pacific Islanders to university. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7(1). doi:10.24135/tekaharoa.v7i1.59

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Minerals and cucumbers in the sea: International relations will transform the Tongan state. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Clash of civilisations: Tonga and the West. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Who Owns Tonga: Dialogues with Sefita Hao'uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7((1)). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/article/view/169/127

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2014). Off the Deep End: Tonga's Continental Shelf Politics. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 7((1)). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/article/view/171/129

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). The Job of Thinking People: Dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka. Te Kaharoa - The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Modern Colonialism: Dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka. Te Kaharoa - The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/article/view/161/120

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Rethinking Development in Tonga: Dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka. Te Kaharoa - The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/index

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Forget China: No shark trade in Tonga - Yeah right.. Te Kaharoa - The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Report Went to Court: Tonga's Parliamentary Report on the Nuku'alofa Reconstruction. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). She'll wake up one of these days and find she's turned into a Tongan: Agricultural Trade in the Kingdom of Tonga. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). What Reform? Reform Stories in the Kingdom of Tonga. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Climate change blues: Sustaining village life in Tonga. Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1). Retrieved from http://www.tekaharoa.com/index.php/tekaharoa/article/view/152/110

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Fish tales: Local fishing in the Kingdom of Tonga. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Deep sea tension: The kingdom of Tonga and deep sea minerals. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 6(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2012). Introductory Paper: The Friendly Islands: and some not so friendly spots.. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 16(2). doi:10.1504/IJESB.2012.047117

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2012). Ma'afu's word is in the hills: What is a noble's role in a democratised Tonga?. Te Kaharoa: The eJournal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 5(1).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2012). Introductory paper: The Friendly Islands: And some not so friendly spots. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 16(2).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2010). Fault Finding the Government. What's So Confidential About That?. Website for Taimi Media Network, Kingdom of Tonga, (19 December 2010). Retrieved from http://www.taimionline.com/articles/876

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2002). Turangawaewae / Tu'ungava'e: Echoes of a Place to Stand and Belong. He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development, 3(2).

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2000). Bro's/pro's (re)developing an authentic Maori presen(t)ce: creating identities about (professional Maori?) men. Pacific Health Dialog, 7(1).

Book chapters

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2017). Melino stood at the edge. In S. Wilson (Ed.), The journal of urgent writing (pp. 66-81). Auckland: Massey University Press. Retrieved from http://www.masseypress.ac.nz/

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2016). Rewi stood with his Tongan side. In N. Legat (Ed.), The journal of urgent writing (pp. 235-251). Auckland: Massey University Press. Retrieved from http://www.masseypress.ac.nz/books/all/all/the-journal-of-urgent-writing-2016

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Voluntary work in the transnational village. In F. Te Momo, L. George, & T. Brown Pulu (Eds.), Mana Ngakau: Community Compassion Maori and Pasifika 'Volunteer' Work. Auckland: Pasifika at Massey.

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). This lazy native's quitting the daytime job. Going home to the village. Yeah right. In M. Agee, T. McIntosh, P. Culbertson, & C. Makasiale (Eds.), Pacific identities and well-being: Cross-cultural perspectives (pp. 66-86). New York, USA & East Sussex, UK: Routledge. Retrieved from http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415534284/

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Voluntary work in the transnational village. In F. Te Momo, L. George, & T. J. Brown Pulu (Eds.), Mana ngakau = Community compassion: Maori and Pasifika 'volunteer' work (pp. 26-44). Auckland, New Zealand: Masilamea Press.

Conference contributions

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). Who's who in the zoo? Tonga election 2014. In Human Rights in the Pacific. Massey University Albany.

Edited books/volumes

  • Te Momo, F., George, L., & Brown Pulu, T. J. (2013). Mana ngākau = Community compassion: Māori and Pasifika ‘volunteer’ work. Auckland, New Zealand: Masilamea Press. Retrieved from http://www.unibooks.co.nz/

Reports

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2011). Nuku'alofa Central Business District Reconstruction. Report for the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Contracted/Sub-Contracted Companies. Government of Tonga..

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2011). Legislation for Seabed Mining: Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry for Lands and Environment. Government of Tonga..

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2011). Tonga Grown Exports: Tonga Agro-Exports to New Zealand. Stage One: Action Plan and Budget. Government of Tonga..

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2009). Transnational Tongans Talk About Their Lives. Wellington, New Zealand: BRCSS.

Theses

  • Brown Pulu, T. J. (2007). Kakai Tonga 'i 'Okalani Nu'u Sila: Tongan Generations in Auckland New Zealand. (University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand).

Other outputs

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). Village day in diaspora. (Iss. 8 (1)). Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development.

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). Tonga's metaphoric hangings. (Iss. 8 (1)). Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development.

  • Brown Pulu, T., & Pamatatau, R. (2015). Big bananas in Kiribati. (Iss. 8 (1)). Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development.

  • Brown Pulu, T., & Pamatatau, R. (2015). Who defines the Pacific voice?. (Iss. 8 (1)). Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development.

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). Is Tonga ready for Paris?. (Iss. 8 (1)). Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development.

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). New Zealand's climate refugee debate grows louder. (Iss. 8 (1)). Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development.

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). Putin stirs up UN General Assembly. (Iss. 8 (1)). Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues.

  • Brown Pulu, T. (2015). Who's got water lapping at the door?. (Iss. 8 (1)). Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues.

  • Brown, T. (2015). Book Review: Free Love by Sia Figiel. (Iss. 8 (1)). Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues.