“They Always Have My Back: A Strengths-Based Approach to Understanding the Value(s) of Pasifika Brotherhoods in Education in Aotearoa New Zealand

Martyn Reynolds


Set in Aotearoa New Zealand, this examination of “Pasifika”
education as an inter-cultural event discusses what students from the Pacific
diaspora say about educational success. Against a backdrop of literature that pays attention to teacher-student relationships, achievement targets, and peer relationships, the article uses Pacific concepts to theorise the dynamics between individuals, “brotherhood” groups, and success. It suggests that teachers and institutions might respond better in intercultural situations by “looking backwards to walk forwards.”


Brotherhood, equity, Pasifika education, Pacific concepts, relationality, vabrotherhood, equity, Pasifika education, relationality, Aotearoa New Zealand

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v20i2.1515

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