This guest blog is by Georgie Archibald, Kaitoko Ako Pasifika (Learning Advisor Pasifika) in the Learning Services team.
Fakaalofa lahi atu this Niuean Language Week!
Last week from the 10-12 October, Ara was proud to host the 2018 Association of Pasifika Staff in Tertiary Education (APSTE) Conference. The purpose of the fono was to bring together Pasifika staff from all parts of the tertiary education sector to share our experiences, ideas, skills and knowledge through the inclusive and transparent process of rich talanoa. It was fantastic to host 60 guests at the conference, which was centred on the theme “Ready for Change” – inspired by the recent changes in the tertiary sector at national and institutional levels, which have ripple effects for Pasifika learners, staff, and communities.
Some of the conference highlights included powerful keynote addresses from Riki Welsh (PYLAT) about Pasifika youth and mental health, Daniel Faitaua (TVNZ) who spoke on being Pasifika in a traditionally non-Pasifika work industry, and Sela Faletolu (No Limits) who presented on adapting to change culturally, personally and professionally. We also thoroughly enjoyed a variety of presentations and workshops facilitated by local talent from our Canterbury region. At the conference’s end, guests shared their appreciation for the meaningful connections, valuable knowledge and excellent food shared throughout the fono. We all have new ideas, initiatives and connections to take back to our tertiary institutions for our students and colleagues.
Thanks goes to Ako Aotearoa and Ara Institute of Canterbury for sponsoring this fantastic event.
E patu i te ‘are vānanga ki runga i te tūranga ngāueue kore – Build your future on solid foundations.
– Cooks Islands Māori proverb
A fia vave o’o lou va’a, alo na o ‘oe, ae e fia tuli mamao le taunu’uga, tātou ‘alo’alo fa’atasi – If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
– Samoan proverb
Si’i pe kae hā – We are a small island, we are still great.
– Tongan proverb