Fuapepe Rimoni

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Lecturer Te Kura Maori


Teaching in 2019


PhD, MEd, BA, GradDipTESOL, DipTchg


I am a lecturer with the Faculty of Education. I lecture in both Pacific and Multi-ethnic Education, in both the Undergraduate programme and Postgraduate programme here at Victoria University of Wellington. My research interests include Pacific youth, Pacific boys education, identity formation, and belonging within secondary school context. I am also interested in Indigenous – ethnic minority education and how existent issues within the community influence life experience and the articulation of that experience. I am of Samoan ethnicity and grew up in Lower Hutt. I am involved in supporting my community leading and participating in research and writing projects and mentoring the younger generation.

Current research focus

  • Tama Samoa (Samoan boys) in Secondary School
  • Identity in Secondary schools
  • Sense of Belonging
  • School Efficacy

Recently completed research projects

PhD – Tama Samoa (Samoan Boys) Stories: Experiences and Perceptions of Identity, Belonging and Future Aspirations at Secondary School

Current research projects

  • Pasifika Education Plan Values implementation in Initial Teacher Education
  • Retention and Recruitment of Maori and Pacific students in Teacher Education

Supervision interests

  • Pacific Education
  • Boys Education
  • Identity formation in schools
  • Identity
  • Pacific Research frameworks
  • Alternative Education
  • Indigenous Research
  • Community Educational projects


Chu, C., Glasgow, A., Rimoni, F., Hodis, Mimi., Meyer, L. (2013). An analysis of recent Pasifika education research literature to inform and improve outcomes for Pasifika learners. Ministry of Education. Wellington, New Zealand.

Rimoni, F. (2011). Identity and its relationship to place in K. Sanga & J. Kidman (Eds) Harvesting ideas: Niu generation perspectives, University of the South Pacific, pp. 218-227. University of the South Pacific, Suva.

Chu. C., Rimoni, F., Sanga K. (2011). TOK PIKSA of Leadership Pacific: As seen through students’ eyes. Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Chu, C., Kidman, J., Penetito, W., Phillips, H., Sanga, K., Rimoni, F., Southon, P (2010) ., 'He Parekereke: Maori education and Pacific education at Victoria University', in Looking back from the centre, Edited by: Joanna Kidman & Ken Stevens, Victoria University Press, Wellington, pp. 52-60

Rimoni, F.R. (2009). Leadership as Tautua’: Service to the Church. In K. Sanga & C. Chu (Eds.), Living and Leaving a Legacy of Hope: Stories by New Generation Pacific Leaders (pp. 51-56). Wellington, New Zealand.

Rimoni, F., & Easton, H. (2008). Utilising Internal Knowledge Systems to Enlighten External Constructs. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations Volume 8, 2.


Teaching in 2019