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  • Anthony Faitaua 04 Oct 2014 12:56am () in Bula Vinaka

    Lets celebrate and acknowledge Fijian Language Week by a simple greeting of "bula" or Bula Vinaka".

    Bula Vinaka!

    Fijian Language Week begins on Monday 6th October and runs until Sunday 12 October.

    Fiji is a country and archipelago consisting of approximately 300 islands and 540 islets. Of the 300 islands, about 100 are inhabited. The capital, Suva, is on the southeast coast of the largest island, Viti Levu (“Great Fiji”). Of the several dialects of Fijian, which are divided into Eastern and Western groups, standard Fijian - based on an Eastern dialect (Bauan) and called Bauan Fijian - is known to all indigenous Fijians. English, Fijian, and Fijian Hindi were given equal status as official languages by the 1997 constitution. In the 2013 New Zealand census, 14,445 people identified as being ethnic Fijian. Of these 8493 (58.8%) live in Auckland and 27.7% speak Fijian.

  • Anthony Faitaua 02 Oct 2014 4:22pm () in Change Leadership: Connecting Māori and Pasifika

    Talofa! If you missed the Webinar this morning, here is the link to the notes! What a fantastic Korero from the panel and I was so proud of Maria Lemalie. Her first time connecting on a wider scale and out of her comfort zone. Malo lava ia lou Sūsūga, Maria! Look out for her and her colleague Joesph Houghton who will present a webinar on 28th October on Connected Educator Month, called "Connecting schools with Pasifika Education Plan".

    Guests include: Dr. Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai (Waikato-Tainui), Keriana Tawhiwhirangi (LEAD with PIZZAZ), Maria Lemalie (@maria_lemalie/Shirley Boys High School, PPTA Komiti Pasifika South Island), Togi Lemanu (@TogiLemanu).

    Hosted by Phoebe Davies (@rukuwai) and Tahu Paki (@TahuPaki).

  • Anthony Faitaua 01 Oct 2014 7:50pm () in How are you preparing for Fijian Language Week 6-12th October?

    Ni Sa Bula,

    One of the cool things about connecting with like-minded educators allows us to share, collaborate and connect with each other ubiquitously. It's Fijian Language Week next week and we'd love to hear how you are sharing and celebrating Fijian Language Week. From the 6th-10th October and as part of Connected Educator Month , #CENZ14, NZC Online and Core Education will be sharing some Fijian resources to help you connect with your Fijian learners, parents, families and community. Also check out pasifika.tki.org.nz  or #tkipasifika.

    Looking forward to connecting with you this month, as our Pasifika learners, parents, families and communities are preparing themselves for the biggest event of this Month..."White Sunday" held every 2nd Sunday of October.


  • Anthony Faitaua 30 Sep 2014 12:51pm () in Happy Tuvalu Language Week - Talofa!

    The theme for Tuvalu language week is: "Tuvalu tau gana ko tou lagaifakalaga Tuvalu, your language keeps your culture and identity afloat".http://www.mpia.govt.nz/tuvalu-language-week/ ,http://pasifika.tki.org.nz/

  • Anthony Faitaua 18 Aug 2014 11:35am () in Put the 'PEP in your step' School starter pack

    As advertised in our Talanoa Ako publication, a ‘PEP in your Step’ school starter pack is available free to all primary and secondary schools.  If you have already contacted the Pasifika Unit for a pack, these will be sent out this week. http://www.minedu.govt.nz/NZEducation/MinistryBulletinSchoolLeaders/Issue13/PEP.aspx

  • Anthony Faitaua 05 May 2014 1:34pm () in How to create, write, edit and present a digital mihi using Tellagami

    Kia ora, Talofa,

    I've had some people ask how I created my digital mihi. So I created a resource and thought I'd share it with you.  I found it really engaging using Tellagami, and I'm sure you're Māori and Pasifika and all learners will enjoy it. It could be more suitable for years 5 plus, but in saying that junior students can still use Tellagami, probably at a basic level. Hope it's useful.

  • Anthony Faitaua 27 Mar 2014 10:43pm () in Raising achievement for Maori boys

    Kia ora Taniwha,

    I used to work with some challenging Year 9 and 10 Māori and Pasifika students in 2007. These kids fell through the cracks. No teacher, school wanted them. To be honest they came with some heavy baggage. To cut the story short, I eventually found from that experience, I needed to make connection with their upbringing. The biggest learning curve for me, was to throw the curriculum out and connect with their families. I went beyond the classroom walls and visited their families, made connections and create a safe environment for their children. What did that look like? For me, it was building that reciprocal relationship. Parents and their kids will be honest with you, no matter, with all their stories. Today, our whanau knows how to respond to their friends on facebook or other mediums. I firmly believe, we are now living in their backyard, lets embrace it and make learning collaborative.

    Good on you for connecting with your student through e-learning by using their prior knowledge. That is a start to building a reciprocal relationship. Well done. I would love to hear how it unfolds. 

  • Anthony Faitaua 25 Mar 2014 10:30pm () in Raising achievement for Maori boys

    Kia ora,

    I was inspired by my colleague to create a digital mihi using Tellagami. With my Pasifika lens on, I can see this working with our Māori and Pasifika reluctant writers of all ages. It allows students to write, record, create and edit their own work. One of things I like about is, it allows our Māori and Pasifika learners to have a voice and share their work in a different context. The foundations for learning remains the same, but the ways of doing it change. I haven't had the time to put together the actual process of creating this mihi, but give me a few days and I'll get onto it.

    I think, allowing your year 5 student to create something similar will get the student engaged. Also it doesn't have to be a mihi, it could be instructional, something like baking a cake? Also from my own inquiry on 'how e-learning can raise Pasifika achievement, I have researched that Blogging is a great platform for our Māori and Pasifika learners get engaged. To gain audience, have you looked in quadblogging? Here is my digital mihi. Hope this is useful.

  • Anthony Faitaua 05 Mar 2014 8:35pm () in My Māori mihi

    Kia ora koutou,

    After an awesome Te Reo Māori PD session, I thought I would share my mihi with you, in a virtual way.

    Ngā mihi nui