Waikato Journal of Education

‘FetuiakiMälie, Talking Together’: Pasifika in Mainstream Education

Volume 12 2006

Mere Këpa (Ngä Pae o te Märamatanga)

Linitä Manu’atu (Auckland University of Technology)

In this article we describe the development of a new qualification in
early childhood education, Pasifika. We present an indigenous Tongan and Mäori
critique that challenges the consultation process and methodological content of the
new qualification. The notion of FetuiakiMälie is drawn upon to debunk the
mainstream notion in education that culture is static, passionless, superior and
universal.