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Dr Telesia Kalavite

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

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 2020

Guest Lecture

Supervision

Current

  • Eden Iati, MIndS
  • Fara Iati, MIndS
  • Nina Kirifi-Alai, MIndS

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. (2020). Toungāue cooperative pedagogy for Tongan tertiary students’ success. Waikato Journal of Education, 25(1), 17-29. doi: 10.15663/wje.v25vi1.783

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

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

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.

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

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. (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

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. (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

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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