Publications Kabini Sanga

Selected publications

Edited books

Sanga, K, and Walker, Keith, Apem Moa Solomon Islands Leadership (Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005), 178 pp.

Sanga, K, and Taufe’ulungaki, A, (eds), International aid impacts on Pacific education, (Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington , 2005), 364 pp.

Sanga, K, Hall, C, Chu, C, and Crowl, L, (eds), Rethinking aid relationships in Pacific education , (Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005), 448 pp.

Sanga, K, Niroa, J., Matai, K. & L. Crowl. ‘Rethinking Vanuatu Education Together’ (Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 2004), pp. 348.

Book chapters (since 2003)

Sanga, K, ‘A strategy for rethinking aid relationships’ in Sanga, K, Hall, Cedric, Chu, Cherie and Crowl, Linda, (eds), Rethinking aid relationships (Institute for Research And Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005), pp. 11-27.

Sanga, K, ‘The nature and impact of educational aid to Pacific countries’ in Sanga, K, and Taufe’ulungaki, A, (eds). International aid impacts ( Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005), pp. 17-48.

Sanga, K, ‘Digging deeper: Resolving conflict at a community level.’ In Henderson, J and Watson, G, (eds). Securing a peaceful Pacific, Canterbury University Press, 2005), pp. 442-452.

Sanga, K, and Holland, Ruth, ‘Envisioning future development partnerships’, in Jackson, Kenneth, et. al. (eds),, Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Conference of the New Zealand DevNet International conference ( Auckland University, 2005), pp. 45-51.

Sanga, K, ‘Self-evaluating s donor-funded Pacific initiative: Value, lessons and challenges’ in Sanga, K, Hall, Cedric, Chu, Cherie and Crowl, Linda, (eds), Rethinking aid relationships (Institute for Research And Development in Maori and Pacific Education, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005), pp. 105-115.

Sanga, K. ‘Making philosophical sense of indigenous Pacific research’, in Baba, T., Mahina, O., Williams, N. & Nabobo-Baba, U. (eds), Researching the Pacific and Indigenous Peoples , ( Auckland University, 2004), pp. 41-52.

Sanga, K & J. Niroa, ‘First steps and small beginnings in Vanuatu education research’, in Sanga, K et.al. (eds), Rethinking Vanuatu Education Together (Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 2004), pp. 12-21.

Sanga, K. ‘Aid relationships: Getting to the heart of the matter’, in Eve Coxon & ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki (eds), Global-Local Intersections (Auckland University, 2003), pp. 41-50.

Sanga, K & Nally, T. ‘A new way of working: Challenges and lessons from a Pacific initiative’, in Story, D., Overton, J. & B. Nowak (eds), Contesting Development pathways to better practice ( Institute of Development Studies, Massey University, 2003), pp. 199-205.

Journal articles (2001-2005)

Sanga, K & Houma, S. ‘Solomon Islands principalship: roles perceived, performed, preferred and expected’ Directions Journal of Education, 2005, 26, 1, 55-69.

Sanga, K, ‘A context-sensitive approach to educational aid: A Pacific initiative ’Directions Journal of Education, 2003, 25 (2), 28-39.

Sanga, K & Penetito, W. ‘A conversation on the philosophy and practice of teaching research in Maori and Pacific education’, New Zealand Annual Review of Education 2002, 12 (2003) pp. 21-38.

Sanga, K, ‘ Solomon Islands leadership: Tough times and tougher acts’ Future Times Journal, 3, (2003), pp. 5-7,16.

Sanga, K, and Maneipuri, J ‘School changes and the Solomon Islands principal’ Directions Journal of Education, 2002, 24(2), pp. 40-59.

Sanga, K, ‘A case for integrity in development assistance partnerships’, Journal of Pacific Studies, 25,2 (2001), pp. 231-252.

Sanga, K and Taylor, L. ‘Partnership in an aid project: Is it a teacher-learner relationship?’ Directions Journal of Educational Studies, 23(1), (2001), 42-55.

Recent technical reports (2002-07)

Sanga, K & Pollard, B. An Assessment Framework for Small States. Report to the Commonwealth Framework, 2007,

Sanga, K & Manu, S. Barriers to enrolment, Retention and Performance in Basic education in Solomon Islands; Report to UNICEF, 2007, 23 pp.

Sanga, K & Johhansen-Fua, S. Teachers and Education in the Pacific. Report to AUSAID & Asian Development Bank, 2007, 300 pp.

Sanga, K, Pfeifer, D & Chu, C. Future Directions for Pacific leadership. Report to NZAID, Wellington, 2007, 60 pp.

Sanga, K & Pollard, B. Apem Moa Solomon Islands lidasip. Report to NZAID & Solomon Islands Christian Association, 2007, 57 pp.

Sanga, K, Pieffer, D, Chu, C. Pacific leaders connecting with their communities. Report to NZAID, 2006, 40 pp.

Sanga, K, Pollard, Bob et. al. Solomon Islands Teaching Service Handbook; a review report to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education, 2005, 66 pp.

Sanga, K, Niroa, J and Teaero, T. Rethinking the rethinking of Pacific education. Report to the NZAID and the Rethinking Pacific Education Initiative, 45 pp.

Sanga, K, Malasa, D and Maneipuri, J, Review of the Solomon Islands education strategic plan. Report to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and the NZAID, 2003, 20pp.

Sanga, K, Clarke, D. et al. Man Talem Duim. Report on NZAID Solomon Islands Strategic Plan to the NZ MFAT, 2003.

Sanga, K., Macalister, R, Annandale,T, & Gunn, G. Solomon Islands Law & Justice . Report to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Wellington : NZODA, 2002.

Recent keynote addresses (2002-07)

Sanga, K. ‘Pacific public servants as community leaders’. Address to the Australia-New Zealand School of Governance Pacific program, (Canberra, 2007).

Sanga, K. ‘The PRIDE project’. Report to the Pacific Forum Ministers of Education Meeting, (Auckland, 27-29 November, 2007).

Sanga, K. ‘The Teacher & Education in the Pacific’ Address to the Forum Ministers of Education Meeting, Auckland 27-29 November, 2007).

Sanga, K. ‘Two down and one up: A perspective on Pacific leadership’ Address to the Pacific Forum Islands Secretariat Regional Leadership Forum, (Suva, 14-15 June, 2007).

Sanga, K. ‘Leadership issues in Pacific countries’ Address to the USP PIAS-GG Pacific leadership consultation, Suva, 2007.

Sanga, K. ‘Looking ahead: A leadership vision for Solomon Islands’ Address to the Solomon Islands National Leadership Forum, Honiara, November 1-2, 2006.

Sanga, K ‘Curriculum as process: Essential phases and features of ausae pedagogy’ Keynote to the symposium on Re-thinking Pacific curriculum, University of the South Pacific, 3-6 April, 2006.

Sanga, K. ‘The Kwaio principle and research ethics in a Malaita knowledge community’ Address to the Ethics of Knowledge Production Conference, University of Otago, 12-14 February, 2006.

Sanga, K, ‘Issues facing traditional leaders’ Keynote address at the East-West Centre, University of Hawaii & UNDP symposium on traditional leadership (Buala, Solomon Islands, 19-21 July, 2005).

Sanga, K, ‘Pacific Leadership: Hopeful and hoping’ Keynote address at the NZAID- University of the South Pacific regional symposium on Pacific leadership (Suva, 7-9 July, 2005).

Sanga, K. ‘A leadership vision for Solomon Islands’ Keynote address delivered at the Inaugural Solomon Islands Leadership Lecture , (University of the South Pacific, Suva, 3 April, 2005).

Sanga, K. ‘Rethinking the ordinary to make the extra-ordinary: lessons for Pasifika education,’ Keynote address delivered at the Pacific Research and Evaluation Symposia, (Lower Hutt, Wellington, 23-24 November, 2004).

Sanga, K, ‘Leadership is a choice Pacific peoples make’ Keynote address delivered at the Rethinking Education in Micronesia Conference, (Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands, October 27-29, 2004).

Sanga, K, ‘Key assets for international students as students of leadership’ Keynote address delivered at the University of Saskatchewan International Students Annual Banquet , ( Saskatoon, Canada, March 13, 2004).

Sanga, K, ‘If the relationship is the aid then… what?’ Keynote address delivered at the Pacific Regional Conference on Rethinking educational aid , ( Nadi, Fiji, October 20-22, 2003).

Sanga, K, ‘The relevance of irrelevance in Pacific education’ Keynote address delivered at the Rethinking Vanuatu Education Conference , October, 2002.

Sanga, K, ‘Future directions for Pacific research’ Keynote address delivered at the Pacific Research symposium at the University of Auckland, December, 2002.

Recent conference papers (2003-07)

Sanga, K, ‘Response: Pacific research and the UNESCO declaration on ethics and human rights’ Paper at the Pacific regional workshop on the ethics of knowledge production, Apia Samoa, 2007.

Sanga, K. ‘Impacts of aid to education: A Pacific overview’ Paper presented at DevNet Biennial Conference, (University of Otago, Nov 3—2 Dec, 2006).

Sanga, K ‘Growing future Pacific leaders, today’ Paper presented at the NZARE Conference, (Rotorua, 5-8 Dec, 2006).

Sanga, K ‘The ethics of researching indigenous sacred knowledge’ Paper presented at the QI National Congress, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champ, 4-6 May, 2006).

Sanga, K, ‘Self-evaluating a donor funded Pacific initiative: value, lessons and challenges, Paper presented at Pacific DevNet International conference, (Auckland University, December 3-5, 2004).

Sanga, K & Holland, R, ‘Envisioning future development partnerships’ Paper presented at Pacific DevNet International conference , (Auckland University, December 3-5, 2004).

Sanga, K. Chu, C. & Crowl, L, ‘Augmenting Pacific research capacity: A process of rethinking’ Paper presented at the NZARE conference, (Wellington, November, 24-26, 2004).

Sanga, K. ‘Digging deeper: Resolving conflict at a community level,’ Paper presented at the International Conference on Securing a Peaceful Pacific, (University of Canterbury , Christchurch, October 15-17, 2004).

Sanga, K, ‘Self-evaluating a donor-supported initiative,’ Paper presented at Pacific Regional Conference on Rethinking educational aid , (Nadi, Fiji, October 20-22, 2003).

Sanga, K, ‘A context-sensitive approach to educational aid: A Pacific initiative,’Paper presented at the United Kingdom Forum for International Education and Training “ Oxford Conference”, ( Oxford, September, 9-11, 2003).

Recent secondment to University of the South Pacific

By invitation, was seconded in 2007 to the University of the South Pacific (Suva, Fiji) as Director for the Institute of Education (IOE) and Interim Director of the PRIDE project (European Union-NZAID funded project (approx. $21m) being implemented in 15 Pacific ACP countries. Since the secondment, have remained a mentor to the IOE leadership team.

Convener of the following initiatives

Leadership Pacific

Leadership Pacific is a leadership development program for Pacific Islanders, administered by a core team of Pacific Islanders (Dr Seu’ula J-Fua, USP; Stanley Houma, USP; Cherie Chu, VUW; and K. Sanga, VUW & others), supported by local institutions and individuals where and when the program is offered. The program is offered in various forms, including as a three-day workshop followed by a field-based internship. Since its establishment, hundreds of Pacific Islander students studying at the University of the South Pacific and Victoria University of Wellington have participated. In 2007, USP students from Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu participated in a leadership workshop by Dr Seu’ula J-Fua and Solomons students with by Houma and Sanga.

A vision of Leadership Pacific is to help grow 1,000 Pacific Islands ‘new generation’ leaders by 2015.

Leadership Solomons

Established by concerned Solomon Islanders, the vision of Leadership Solomons is to raise the bar of leadership by Solomon Islanders through offering specific training, undertaking applied research, providing advice and resources with a focus on ethical leadership. Leadership Solomons has a Desk and secretariat in Honiara, manned by Dr Alice Pollard as the Director. Leadership Solomons connects people, organizations and resources & works collaboratively with interested national and international partners.

Re-thinking Pacific education initiative

Initiated in 2001, the Rethinking Pacific Education Initiative for & by Pacific Peoples (RPEIPP) had been a collaborative international development program between key Pacific Island educational leaders and NZAID. The co-founders of the program were Professors Konai Thaman & ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki & Kabini Sanga, together with Ms Trish Nally (formally of NZAID). The RPEIPP focuses on encouraging Pacific Islanders to assume primary responsibility for the development and educational leadership of their communities & countries. In the past 5-6 years, the RPEIPP had convened national and international conferences, commissioned and undertaken research and research training, offered leadership training and mentoring and published a number of books and resources; resulting in strategic influences to educational policy, research and practice.

Notable achievements of the RPEI include the establishment of two education Foundations: The Pacific Education and Research Foundation (PERF based in Suva for the entire Pacific region) and the Micronesia Education Commission (for Northern Pacific states).

The secretariat of RPEIPP is at the USP Institute of Education. Contact Henry Elder.

VUW Pacific leadership & mentoring initiative

With colleague Ms Cherie Chu (VUW Lecturer in Education), the Pacific education faculty members at VUW had been providing leadership development and mentoring to senior undergraduate and post-graduate students since 2001. The vision of the VUW Pacific leadership Initiative is to provide opportunities for Pacific Islands VUW students to undertake leadership training while at university. In recent years, specific training, workshops, mentoring, cluster support and internships had been provided for dozens of students. The program is on-going.

International consultancies undertaken in 2007

During 2007, had undertaken the following international consultancies:

  • For Asian Development Bank & AUSAID: “Teachers and Education in the Pacific ” as team leader with Dr Seu’ula Fua (USP).
  • For The Commonwealth Secretariat: “An Assessment Framework for Small States’ Membership to International Organizations” as team leader with Bob Pollard (Solomons).
  • For UNICEF: “Access, Retention and Success in Solomon Islands Schools” with Dr Sitani Manu (USP).
  • As director for The PRIDE project, jointly funded by European Union and NZAID.
  • Managed the SLEP project and the RPEIPP project, funded by NZAID.

Leadership development programmes

Organized and run the following recent programmes:

  • University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands Students leadership Internship workshop (with Stanley Houma), Suva, 2007.
  • NZAID Pacific Scholarships students leadership training (with Cherie Chu, Dale Pfeiffer), Wellington, 2006.
  • University of the South Pacific student leadership workshop, Suva, 2006.
  • VUW Pacific students leadership workshop (with Cherie Chu), Wellington, 2005.
  • University of the South Pacific students leadership workshop (with Dr Seu’ula Fua), Suva, 2005.
  • VUW Pacific students leadership workshop (with Cherie Chu), Wellington, 2004.

Other (current) projects

Rethinking Pacific Education Initiative for and by Pacific Peoples (RPEIPP). (Working with Pacific educational leaders to establish Pacific Education and Research Foundation).

Rethinking Education in Micronesia (supporting Micronesian education leaders towards establishment of a Micronesia Education Commission).

Recent conferences organised

Co-convenor, Pacific regional symposium on The Pacific teacher, University of the South Pacific, December, 2007.

Co-convenor, Solomon Islands National Leadership Forum, Honiara, November, 2006.

Joint facilitator, Rethinking Education in Micronesia Conference, Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands, October 2004.

Co-convenor, Pacific regional Conference on Educational Aid, Nadi, Fiji, October 2003.

Co-convenor, Symposium on the review of Solomon Islands Education Strategic Plan, 2003.

Co-convenor, Rethinking Vanuatu Education Together Conference, Port Vila, 2002.

Co-convenor, Pacific regional colloquium on Rethinking Pacific education, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 2001.

Advisory roles (2005-07)

Advisor to the RPEIPP project of the USP Institute of Education.

Advisor of the established Micronesia Education Foundation.

Member, Best Evidence Synthesis National Advisory Committee, Ministry of Education.

Member, PBRF Pacific research advisory committee.

Member, New Zealand Law Commission study on Pacific customs and human rights.

Member, BES Leadership study advisory committee.

Advisor to indigenous community & national groups in Solomon Islands.