Each island has unique traditions, customs, languages, and identity. Values such as respect, service, leadership, family, belonging, and relationships are important within Pacific cultures. The values that Pacific learners hold will also be informed by living and working in New Zealand. As with any group, there may be just as many similarities as differences across the learners you see every day.
When you understand the values of Pacific peoples you are in a better position to respond and acknowledge their differences. Your learners bring values that are important and matter to them. This includes cultural behaviour, ideals, standards, and morals. Pacific values are beliefs that Pacific communities regard as desirable, worthy of passing down to generations, and worthy of sharing with others. Your learners will have values that are important to them and their families and they may be the same or different from your personal values.
Understanding different Pacific values will help you to communicate with your learners and their families and communities in a culturally responsive way. One of the key things that will enable effective interactions with Pacific learners is to build a genuine personal connection that allows open and trusting communication.