Dr Tafili Leahnora Peseta Utumapu-McBride

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Senior Lecturer

Email: tafili.utumapu-mcbride@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4725-1582

Qualifications:

  • PhD, The University of Auckland

Overview:

Tafili Utumapu-McBride was born in Samoa and immigrated to New Zealand when she was two years old. She has been teaching in tertiary institutions since 1991, she completed her PhD in Education at the University of Auckland in 1998. Tafili joined AUT in 2005, working first in Academic Support and then moving to the SOE to reconnect with her passion for Pasifika Education in 2011.

It is ironic that she would end up working in Teacher Education. It was her intention in 1987 to enrol at the Auckland College of Education, but her father persuaded her that 'all Samoans want their children to study at University'. Tafili is also the Equity Co-ordinator for the SOE, a role that enables her to mentor and advocate for Māori and Pasifika students.

Research interests:

My research interests are in exploring how Pasifika students learn best and looking at ways in which educators can best teach Pasifika students. Another area is the teaching and the maintenance of Pasifika knowledge and why it is pivotal that it be documented for posterity. This includes the researching and writing up of our Pasifika concepts (and our stories) so that current and future generations know about their fanua and tupuaga. I believe this enriches Pasifika sense of belonging and cultural identity.

Pasifika Education
Pasifika Early Childhood Education
Pasifika Pedagogy
Pasifika Postgraduate Thesis Supervision
Pasifika Research Methodologies

Fields of research:

  • Education Systems
  • Early Childhood Education (Excl. Maori)
  • Higher Education
  • Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
  • Pacific Peoples Education
  • Migration
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
  • Sociology of Education
  • Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
  • Migrant Cultural Studies
  • Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Pacific Cultural Studies
  • Pacific Languages
  • Pacific Literature
  • Pacific History (Excl. New Zealand and Maori)
  • Phenomenology

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. L. P. (2011). Oloketa Tingting Fo Apem Education Long Solomon Islands: Issues in Solomon Islands Education. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 46(1). Retrieved from http://www.nzcer.org.nz/

  • Utumapu-McBride, T., Esera, E., Toia, S. F., Tone-Schuster, L., & So'oaemalelagi, F. L. (2008). Saili mo le lumana'i: Research on Samoan students' learning perspectives and the impact on their achievement.. AlterNative, 4(1). Retrieved from http://www.alternative.ac.nz/

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. L. P. (2008). Introduction. AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous scholarship, 4(1). Retrieved from http://www.alternative.ac.nz/

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2004). The impact of Samoan language nests on mothers. Early Education, Autumn(34).

Book chapters

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2016). Fonua. In M. A. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy & Theory (pp. 1-4). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_18-1

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2016). Love of teaching: Reflections of what it means to be an effective Pasifika ECE lecturer. In L. Manu'atu, & M. Kepa, (Eds.), Ofa, Alofa, Aroha, Aro'a, Love in Pasifika and Indigenous Education (pp. 59-69). Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2015). Birthdays. In L. Manu'atu, M. I. Taione, & N. L. A. T. Helu-Mabbs (Eds.), Booklet of nursery rhymes & poems (pp. 124). Auckland, NZ: Forum of Indigenous, Thinkeers, Artists, Poets, Scholars and Educators.

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2015). Agaga o le masaga. In L. Manu'atu, M. I. Taione, & N. L. A. T. Helu-Mabbs (Eds.), Booklet of nursery rhymes & poems (pp. 125). Auckland, NZ: Forum of Indigenous Thinkers, Artists, Poets, Scholars and Educators.

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. L. P. (2014). The essence of family. In M. Kepa, L. Manu'atu, & M. Pepe (Eds.), Booklet of poems. Words & wisdom (pp. 58-59). Aucklandealand: Forum of indigenous Thinkers, Artists, Poets, Scholars and Educators.

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2013). O tina o le Poutu: Our mothers are the backbone of our families. In S. F. Tagoilelagi-Leota, & T. Utumapu-McBride (Eds.), O Pelega o Fanau: Treasuring children (pp. 185-194). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University; SAASIA.

  • Tagoilelagi-Leota, F., Kesi, F., Tagoilelagi, I., Penn, S., & Autagavaia, M. (2013). Matālālāga a le faia'oga A'oga Amata - Authentic teacher in A'oga Amata. In F. Tagoilelagi-Leota, & T. Utumapu-McBride (Eds.), O Pelega o Fanau: Treasuring Children (pp. 154-166). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

  • Tagoilelagi-Leota, S. F., & Utumapu-McBride, T. L. P. (2013). Anotusi: Brief introduction of Pelega o Fanau. In S. F. Tagoilelagi-Leota, & T. Utumapu-McBride (Eds.), O Pelega o Fanau: Treasuring children (pp. 16-18). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Conference contributions

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. (2013). Love of teaching: Reflections of what it means to be an effective Pasifika ECE lecturer. In Critiquing Pasifika Education Conference @ the University (pp. 54-63). Auckland: AUT University.

  • Utumapu-McBride, T., & Tuagalu, I. (2010). Pasifika student engagement at AUT: The Pasifika transition - Helping our students survive at university. In ATLAANZ - Association of Tertiary Learning Advisors of Aotearoa/ New Zealand - Student retention and success: Sharing and evaluating best practice.. CPIT, Christchurch.

Edited books/volumes

  • Utumapu-McBride, T., & Manu'Atu, L. (2019). Koloa Pasifika. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from https://library.aut.ac.nz/

  • Tagoilelagi-Leota, F., & Utumapu-McBride, T. (2013). O Pelega o Fanau: Treasuring children. Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Theses

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. L. P. (1998). O le Poutu: Women's roles and Samoan Language Nests. (University of Auckland, Symonds Street, Auckland City).

Other outputs

  • Utumapu-McBride, T. L. P. (2007). Fa'amalamalamaga o le Feagaiga o Waitangi: Understanding the Treaty of Waitangi. Te Tari Awhina: The Learning Development Centre.

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