Title slide: Pacific values
Christina Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator/HOD Samoan Unit and Sarah Yandall-Vaega, (speaking),
Pacific Deans, Whānau Leaders, Kelston Girls’ College, Auckland, facing camera
We strongly believe that it's already in them from home. And there's a Sāmoan saying that “Le loa le tene Sāmoa o le ana tu o le Savali’i tautala”, even the North. So disciplining, everything, cultural values and everything, it's in them. But the application of it coming here, we’re just reminding them and then, but it's already in them. And the main important thing for a Sāmoan girl is the “va”, just watch this space you know. Le va oi melei. And then looking at the environments – Ona, Lotu – what is the other one? Home, Church, School. So we believe that they've been out there just bringing that knowledge, cultural knowledge, in here and then share it with other girls around here and that's it.
Images of Pasifika women
And then we don't have to start again but the “va” is the major, it's very sacred, it’s the mana of every individual. And as a Pasifika and for me, before I da-da-da…
Christina Smith, (speaking), Learning Support Co-ordinator/HOD Samoan Unit and Sarah Yandall-Vaega,
Pacific Dean, Whānau Leader, Kelston Girls’ College, Auckland, facing camera
...sit back, le va, va mokosina (my colleague), va with the principal, they are all different. Va Pasifika, very strong, it has to be the same with va of non-Pasifika.
And so for our non-Pasifika teachers, if you have that respect you will go out of your way to say, “Hey, you know, why does this person do this?”. Yet, I like, you know, you can become so confrontational but it's like hold on, if I respect them then I'll just go ask, “Hey why did you do what you had done. And you know you're not supposed to?”. Because it's against what I, you know, and it's just really unpacking the respect and what it looks like in a Pasifika setting.
When we talk about Pasifika as well, you know we have to, sometimes, we have to itemise because Sāmoan fa’aloaloa may well look different in the Fijian or a Tongan setting. And so it's a lot of work, yes. But in order to engage that respect we have to be willing to go, you know, us teachers we are the ones that are gonna, if we want to see change then we have to go out of our way to make the change happen and that requires a lot of work. But hey, no-one said it was gonna be easy.