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. Her recent research collaborations examine the social identity of Punjabi migrants in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Research interests:

Pacific Studies, Punjab Studies, Cultural Studies

Teaching summary:

MAOR815 Reading Paper
PACS701 Indigenous Peoples and Popular Culture
PACS700 Performing Pacific Media
PACS601 Introduction to Pacific Media
PACS602 The Pacific in Popular Culture
MAOR510 Maori in Popular Culture

Fields of research:

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Migrant Cultural Studies
  • Pacific Cultural Studies

Professional activities:

Invitation to present research

  • Aotearoa Migration Research Seminars 2020, University of Waikato (2020)
  • Waikato University Anthropology Seminars 2019, University of Waikato (2019)
  • Aotearoa Migration Research Seminars 2019, University of Waikato (2019)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Brown Pulu, T. J., Mukhtar, A., & Singh, H. (2019). Sanjha Punjab – United Punjab: Exploring Composite Culture in a New Zealand Punjabi Film Documentary. Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, 16(2), 171-187. doi:10.11157/sites-id445

  • 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. J., Mukhtar, A., & Singh, H. (2019). Sanjha Punjab – United Punjab: Exploring Composite Culture in a New Zealand Punjabi Film Documentary. Sites: a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies, 16(2), 171-187. doi:10.11157/sites-id445

  • 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.

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