I am the Principal Adviser to the Faculty of Education with affiliations to Ngāi Tūhoe. My work involves project management of the ‘Research Lab’ and all Te Kura Māori research projects; manage engagement and relationships with iwi, hapu, external communities including in the Pacific/Oceania region; management oversight of specialist Māori and Pacific Islands spaces in the Faculty and their use for ceremonial, social and intellectual interactions. I am kaitiaki of all taonga from Ako Pai Marae on behalf of the Faculty. I provide tikanga support and cultural advice for the Dean of Education, Head of School and all staff and students within the Faculty. I also advise on Conference Management for Faculty staff.
Current research projects
I am currently project managing and advising on a Marsden project He Taonga te Wareware: Remembering and Forgetting New Zealand’s Colonial Past investigates how New Zealanders selectively remember and forget difficult and violent events from our colonial past.
Project managing and advising on Promising futures - Kia whakapiri mai: Bridging the home and away divide to enhance engagement. 2019-2021. Funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, (Māori Centre of Research Excellence).
Recently completed research projects
I advised on Ngā Moemoea ō Āpōpō: Taiohi Māori Speak About the Future. This three-year project (2017-2019) engaged young Māori in a series of critical conversations about the future. They spoke about their hopes and fears and how they will deal with the diverse needs of their families and communities in the years ahead. Funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (The Māori Centre of Research Excellence).
Completed book projects
I have project managed the administration and publication of the following books:
Harvesting Ideas: Niu Generation Perspectives. (edited by Kabini Sanga & Joanna Kidman) 2012, UPS Press, Fiji Islands
International Aid Impacts on Pacific Education. (edited by Kabini Sanga & ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki) 2005, He Pārekereke, School of Education
Living and Leaving a Legacy of Hope: Stories by New Generation Pacific Leaders. (edited by Kabini Sanga & Cherie Chu) 2009, He Pārekereke, Te Kura Māori
Re-thinking Aid Relationships in Pacific Education. (edited by Kabini Sanga, Cherie Chu, Cedric Hall & Linda Crowl) 2005, He Pārekereke, School of Education
Tok Piksa of Leadership Pacific: As Seen Through Students’ Eyes. (edited by Cherie Chu, Fuapepe Rimoni & Kabini Sanga) 2011, He Pārekereke, Te Kura Māori
Re-thinking Education Curricula in the Pacific: Challenges and Prospects. (edited by Kabini Sanga & Konai H. Thaman) 2009, He Pārekereke, Te Kura Māori
Weaving Education: Theory and Practice in Oceania. Selected papers from the second Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference 2016 (edited by Ruth Toumu’a, Kabini Sanga & Seu’ula Johansson Fua) 2016, USP Press, Fiji Islands