In our November webinar, Edmond Fehoko, Pasifika Partnerships Consultant at Manukau Institute of Technology, discusses how the use of cultural practices (e.g. faikava) can be used to capture intergenerational experiences to support families and communities and to inform policy.
Edmond has contributed important research towards Tongan cultural identity and social issues in Aotearoa. The cultural practice of faikava includes aspects of socialising, sharing and talking, social bonding and fostering camaraderie and Edmond used the faikava as the vehicle for his data collection during this research.
Watch our webinar to learn more about Pasifika culture and how using cultural practices such as the faikava can help to ensure a community-led focus for service and policy design.
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About the Presenter
Edmond is a proud Tongan from the islands of Kotu and Mo’unga’one. Edmond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Social Sciences, Masters in Arts with Honours and has recently completed his PhD Thesis in Public Health at Auckland University of Technology with a focus on gambling and problem gambling amongst the Tongan community.
He currently works as a Pasifika Partnerships Consultant at Manukau Institute of Technology. In 2013, Edmond was the recipient of the Prime Ministers Pacific youth award and most recently recoginsed at the 2019 Sunpix Pacific peoples awards for services to Pacific education and research. Edmond is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for One Tree Hill College, Christian World Services, NCEA Pacific Peoples Review Panel, Auckland Council Pacific Peoples Advisory Panel and the Consumer Council for Counties Manukau Health and an active member of the Ponsonby Tongan Methodist Church.
Analiese Enoka Robertson is of Cook Islands descent, from the villages of Puaikura and Te Au o Tonga, and is the Professional Development and Networks Manager for Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa. She is also a member and Treasurer of the Community Research Kaitiaki. Analiese has an extensive background in tertiary education and community development, qualified in adult education, not-for-profit management and governance.
With over 20 years’ experience in community based learning, Analiese has spent a significant part of her career working directly with and on behalf of adult learners who have had negative or unsuccessful experiences in the education system. The last ten years, she has led responsive professional development for educators and providers in moving from pretty dodgy to ‘better-gogy’ teaching practice.
Analiese has contributed to the development of ACE research, policy and strategies in tertiary education, providing a voice for the sector both nationally and internationally, and holds a number of community, tertiary and government agency advisory roles. She is also actively involved with a number of community organisations with a focus on capability building, infrastructure support, change leadership and succession planning.
Analiese is currently a member of the Ako Aotearoa Pacific Caucus, a member of the Inland Revenue Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, and is a serving member of the Hutt Valley Cook Islands Association. She is also a student with Īnano Dance (a Cook Islands dance company in Wellington).