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Dr Telesia Kalavite

Telesia Kalavite imagePhD MEd PGDipEDL (Waikato), PGCertEd BA (USP), DipEd TchgCerts (Tonga)
Nukuleka, Tonga

Pacific Island Studies Programme Co-ordinator

Contact

Office 4S6 Richardson Building, South Tower
Tel +64 3 479 3974
Email telesia.kalavite@otago.ac.nz

Research

Telesia has a wide range of research capabilities and interests in the disciplines of: Education Studies; Pacific Studies; Social Science; Linguistics; Cultural Studies; and Development Studies.

In particular her interests lie in: Pacific educational development; Pacific students’ educational achievement; Education for sustainable development; Educational achievement for migrant communities; Pacific culture; Pacific culture and education for sustainability; Culture and educational achievement; Culture and sustainable development in the Pacific.

Other research interests include: Time-Space Theory of Reality and academic achievement for Pacific peoples; Christianity and educational development; Indigenous development; Language and educational development; Tongan-English translations; Climate change and indigenous development; and Social justice and educational development for migrants.

Teaching for 2023

  • PACI 103 Languages and Cultures of the Pacific: An Introduction
  • PACI 210 Special Topic: Pacific Education
  • PACI 405 Indigenous Leadership in the Pacific

Guest Lecture

Supervision

Current

  • Eirenei Taua’i, MIndS
  • Fara Iati, MIndS
  • Tarn Felton, MIndS
  • Jekope Maiono, PhD

Completed

  • Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai, MIndS (2021). The Development of the Pacific Islands Centre at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: A Personal Reflection
  • Pauline-Jean Henrietta Luyten, MIndS (2021) COVID-19 Talanoa: The Voices of Tongan Kāinga in South Canterbury

Research grants

  • University of Otago Research Grant (2023). Project Titled: The implications of changing cultural practices in Tongan wedding celebrations in New Zealand

Distinctions

  • 2010–2012: University of Waikato Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2010: University of Waikato Tertiary Achievement in Pacific Ako (TAPA) Award
  • 2009: University of Waikato TAPA Award
  • 2008: University of Waikato TAPA Award
  • 2006: University of Waikato Pacific Excellence Award
  • 2006: Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) Employee Award
  • 2006–2005: New Zealand Ministry of Education Pacific Postgraduate Study Award
  • 2000: University of Waikato Certificate of Achievement Award
  • 1998–1999: Australian Aid (AUSAID) Scholarship Award for a Masters’ degree
  • 1990–1991: AUSAID Scholarship Award to study for a Bachelor’s degree
  • 1987–1988: Tonga Government Study Award to study for a Diploma in Education

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Publications

Kalavite, T. (2022). 'Otua [Translation and translation commentary]. Literature as Translation IV: Translating Anne Enright, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://enright.efacis.eu/translations/otua

Kalavite, T. (2022). Lea [Translation and translation commentary]. Literature as Translation IV: Translating Anne Enright, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://enright.efacis.eu/translations/lea

Kalavite, T. (2022). Taimi [Translation and translation commentary]. Literature as Translation IV: Translating Anne Enright, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://enright.efacis.eu/translations/taimi

Kalavite, T. (2022, November). Books and translation into Pacific languages: The translations of Alice in Wonderland and The Little Prince into the Tongan language: A reflection. Verbal presentation at the University of Otago Centre for the Book Symposium: Books and the Pacific, [Hybrid].

Uele, I. M., & Kalavite, T. (2022). Pōto‘i Taliui ‘a e Faiako Ma‘a Tongá. Tokoni Faiako / Tonga Journal of Education, 3, 61-83.

Kalavite, T. (2018). Ko e Ki'i Pilinisi' [Translation of The little prince. By Antoine De Saint-Exupéry]. Neckarsteinach, Germany: Edition Tintenfaß, 96p.

Authored Book - Research

Cocker, S., & Kalavite, T. (2014). Alisi ʻi he Fonua ʻo e Fakaofo [Translation of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll]. Evertype, 164p.

Authored Book - Research

Kalavite, T. (2015). 'Alisi 'i he lea Faka-Tonga: Alice in the Tongan language. In J. A. Lindseth & A. Tannenbaum (Eds.), Alice in a world of Wonderlands: The translations of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece (Vol. 1: Essays). (pp. 598-600). Newcastle, DE: Oak Knoll Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Kalavite, T. (2014). Exploring Pacific-Tongan research approaches. In P. Fairbairn-Dunlop & E. Coxon (Eds.), Talanoa: Building a Pasifika research culture. (pp. 159-177). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Chapter in Book - Research

Kalavite, T., & Hoogland, H. (2005). Constraints to academic achievement of Pacific Islands students at the Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton, New Zealand. In E. Manalo & G. Wong-Toi (Eds.), Communication skills in university education: The international dimension. (pp. 224-236). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education.

Chapter in Book - Research

Kalavite, T. (2015). Tongan (forthcoming): Back-translation and notes by Telisia Kalavite. In J. A. Lindseth & A. Tannenbaum (Eds.), Alice in a world of Wonderlands: The translations of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece (Vol. 2: Back-translations). (pp. 681-684). Newcastle, DE: Oak Knoll Press.

Chapter in Book - Other

Uele, I. M., & Kalavite, T. (2022). Pōto‘i Taliui ‘a e Faiako Ma‘a Tongá. Tokoni Faiako / Tonga Journal of Education, 3, 61-83.

Journal - Research Article

Kalavite, T. (2020). Toungāue cooperative pedagogy for Tongan tertiary students’ success. Waikato Journal of Education, 25(1), 17-29. doi: 10.15663/wje.v25vi1.783

Journal - Research Article

Kalavite, T. (2019). Tongan translation realities across Tā ('time') and Vā ('space'). Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, 7(2), 173-183. doi: 10.1386/nzps_00004_1

Journal - Research Article

Kalavite, T. (2017). Tā-vā kāinga: Time-space relationships theory of reality and Tongan students journal to academic achievement in New Zealand tertiary education. Pacific Studies, 40(1-2), 79-104.

Journal - Research Article

Kalavite, T. (2012). Kāinga: An ancient solution for contemporary challenges of Tongan students' academic achievement in New Zealand tertiary education. Journal of Pacific Studies, 32(1), 1-10.

Journal - Research Article

Kalavite, T. (2019). [Review of the book Marking indigeneity: The Tongan art of sociospatial relations]. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 128(3), 356-358. doi: 10.15286/jps.128.3.353-362

Journal - Research Other

Kalavite, T. (2022). Language and academic achievement in higher education. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT) Conference. (pp. 63). Retrieved from https://nzalt.org.nz/conference

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kalavite, T., & Uele, I. M. (2022). Pōto’i Taliui ‘a e Faiako Ma’a Tonga. Proceedings of the Talanoa Oceania Conference: Restorying te ao moana. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/a/nomoa.com/talanoa/2022

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kalavite, T. (2022, November). Books and translation into Pacific languages: The translations of Alice in Wonderland and The Little Prince into the Tongan language: A reflection. Verbal presentation at the University of Otago Centre for the Book Symposium: Books and the Pacific, [Hybrid].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ewen, S., Bolt, R., Kalavite, T., & Kukutai, T. (2021, August). Indigenous knowledge and the western academy: Reflections from the field. Panel discussion at the Times Higher Education (THE) Live ANZ: Is This a Turning Point for Higher Education, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kalavite, T. (2018, November). Motivations for translation. Verbal presentation at the University of Otago Centre for the Book Symposium: Translation and Transculturation, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kalavite, T. (2010, November). Toungaue (co-operative) model: A Tongan/Pacifika research methodology. Verbal presentation at the Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) Hui, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Kalavite, T. (2010, November-December). Time‐space relationships, ‘‘TĀ‐VĀ KĀINGA’ is an ancient solution for contemporary challenges of Tongan students' academic achievement in NZ tertiary education. Verbal presentation at the Future Challenges, Ancient Solution International Conference, Suva, Fiji.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Mitchell, L., Meagher-Lundberg, P., Taylor, M., Caulcutt, T., Kalavite, T., Kara, H., & Paki, V. (2013). ECE participation programme evaluation: Delivery of ECE participation initiatives: Baseline report. Commissioned by Ministry of Education. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education. 101p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Paterson, G., Mitchell, D., Oettli, P., White, H., Kalavite, T., & Harry, K. (2006). Engagement of key stakeholder groups with the tertiary education providers. Commissioned by Ministry of Education. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education. 120p.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Kalavite, T. (2022). 'Otua [Translation and translation commentary]. Literature as Translation IV: Translating Anne Enright, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://enright.efacis.eu/translations/otua

Other Research Output

Kalavite, T. (2022). Lea [Translation and translation commentary]. Literature as Translation IV: Translating Anne Enright, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://enright.efacis.eu/translations/lea

Other Research Output

Kalavite, T. (2022). Taimi [Translation and translation commentary]. Literature as Translation IV: Translating Anne Enright, European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://enright.efacis.eu/translations/taimi

Other Research Output

Pusiaki, M., Kalāvite, T., Fa'avae, D., & Fehoko, E. (2021, 4 August). Fānau 'o e Ope (Internet Generation). Fola-he-Ngalu Webinar (episode 8), The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga (Siasi Uesiliana Tau'ataina 'o Tonga). Retrieved from https://fwc.to/index.php/webinars

Other Research Output

Kalavite, T. (2019). Tongan translation of John Banville's "Fiction and the dream". Banville Project: Literature as Translation, The European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Retrieved from https://www.johnbanville.eu/essay/translation/tongan

Other Research Output

Kalavite, T. (2010). Fononga'a fakahalafononga: Tongan students' journey to academic achievement in New Zealand tertiary education (PhD). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/4159

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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