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Operating as usual

18/03/2024

Watch out for the forthcoming exhibit by Tui Emma Gillies!

The Concept of Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Resilience in the Pacific 17/03/2024

Latest publication from the MBC team

"The Concept of Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Resilience in the Pacific"

The Concept of Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Resilience in the Pacific Pacific Indigenous knowledge of climate crisis is based on centuries of knowledge production and community reproduction, which is significant to climate adaptation and mitigation globally. It is also based on daily experience and observation, continuous adaptation,...

Photos from Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies's post 17/03/2024

Join us University of Canterbury UC Pacific Development Team

Photos from Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies's post 17/03/2024

A story from our PhD scholar Esala Vakamacawai from about sowing the seeds of health!

13/03/2024

It's Ōtautahi Christchurch's turn to celebrate Pacific culture this weekend!
Get along to Hagley Park on Saturday to cheer on the brothers and sisters from 23 high schools in a huge day of music and dance 💃💃💃
Head to canterburypolyfest.co.nz for all the details

Pacific Dynamics – Journal of Interdisciplinary Research 10/03/2024

Our Pacific Dynamic Journal (Volume 8, Issue 1 March 2024)

*Interdisciplinary Intersections*

This issue of Pacific Dynamics shows the extraordinary inter-disciplinary range of its contributions. While reflecting this diversity, this issue also illustrates the common ground that is often shared by papers. For example, as in most issues of this journal, there is a strong theme that explores methodological and theoretical aspects. In many papers, the topic of discussion itself is underpinned by analysis informed by the application of methodological and theoretical approaches. As well as this, Pacific Dynamics often also includes contributions that have a specific focus on theory and method per se. Indeed, one of the distinctive features of Pacific Dynamics is the emphasis given to discussions on Pacific epistemologies, philosophies, and ontologies.

In this issue, cross-cutting themes include (in addition to the Pacific-focussed methodological and theoretical approaches mentioned above), education, climate change, adaptation and resilience, Indigenous knowledge, and sustainable livelihoods and practices

Pacific Dynamics – Journal of Interdisciplinary Research This issue of Pacific Dynamics shows the extraordinary inter-disciplinary range of its contributions. While reflecting this diversity, this issue also illustrates the common ground that is often shared by papers. For example, as in most issues of this journal, there is a strong theme that explores m...

08/03/2024

Today during , we discussed the importance of behavioural change, allyship, and collective action from the personal to the systemic level to and promote women leadership.

07/03/2024

I am stoked to be back in Ōtautahi for my Macmillan Brown Residency, where I am immersed in the creation of new pieces for my upcoming solo exhibition, 'View from the Deep,' which is opening at on the 5th of April, from 6pm. Looking forward to catching up with everyone! 🌊🌊🌊

07/03/2024

Tomorrow, our research collective will have a panel discussion about how to during

Ngatu (Tongan Tapa Cloth) 04/03/2024

Tui Emma Gillies, the MBC Artist in Residence, and Sulieti Fieme'a Burrows will be doing a ngatu (tapa) workshop at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on Saturday! Come join the experts!



Ngatu (Tongan Tapa Cloth) Bookings essential. This artist-led workshop is designed for for adults, for more information email: [email protected]

04/03/2024

The new book "Remembering Epeli Hau'ofa: His Life and Legacy" will be launched soon at USP!

28/02/2024

Pacific greetings from Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies

We're at the forefront of publishing and disseminating knowledge on a wide range of issues related to Pacific peoples.

This is some of our publication.

The Pacific Studies Courses 2024: An Introduction 28/02/2024

Our Pacific Studies Courses 2024: An Introduction

Discover the rich cultural history of the Pacific Islands and modern day politics within the Pacific region. The Pacific region makes up one third of the earth’s surface, with diverse communities strong in innovation, Indigenous knowledge, resilience and identity.

You will navigate through the history of the Pacific Ocean and into contemporary issues of politics, climate change, and sustainability across the region, including the transnational nature of Pacific communities.

The Pacific Studies Courses 2024: An Introduction Pacific Studies of Canterbury, NZDiscover the rich cultural history of the Pacific Islands and modern day politics within the Pacific region. Th...

Our Pacific Studies Course (The Global Pacific) 26/02/2024

Story from our first day Pacific Studies course (20 February 2024) at the University of Canterbury



Our Pacific Studies Course (The Global Pacific) PACS111: The Global Pacific – Semester 1 (2024)This course provides a rich foundation of the history, diversity, and contemporary issues of the Pacific, incl...

Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies - YouTube 26/02/2024

We would like to invite you to follow our YouTube channel, which is part of our vision on becoming a world leader in interdisciplinary research about the Pacific.

Through media, we aim to be at the forefront of publishing and disseminating knowledge on a wide range of issues related to Pacific peoples. See you there on YouTube!



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Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies - YouTube The Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (MBC) is a world leader in interdisciplinary research on the Pacific. We're at the forefront of publishing and...

Attending the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands 25/02/2024

From our last research action

On 6 - 10 November 2023, the Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury) Team attending the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. "We are representing the Pacific Ocenia Climate Crisis Assesment team (POCCA)", said Dr. Christina Laalaai- Tausa (Research Manager at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies - University of Canterbury, NZ).



Attending the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands On 6 - 10 November 2023, the Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury) Team attending the 52nd Pacific Islands Forum meeting in R...

22/02/2024

Artist in Residence Programme

We invite expressions of interest from Pacific artists for a three month artist in residence position at UC’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. It is funded by Creative New Zealand. Find out about our artist in Residence Programme.

Please share! 🙏🏾

University of Canterbury
Creative New Zealand
The Physics Room

https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/research/about-uc-research/research-groups-and-centres/macmillan-brown-centre-for-pacific-studies/artists-in-residence

20/02/2024

Today we are starting with the all-new Pacific Studies Courses for Semester 1 with PACS 111 (The Global Pacific) and PACS 211 (The Contemporary and Transnational Pacific).

University of Canterbury UC Pacific Development Team

18/02/2024

MBC PhD students are on a roll! Congratulations to Karlyn Tekulu (pictured centre in a white shirt) for a successful examination of her PhD thesis, "Indigenous conflict resolution in a contemporary post-conflict state: the case of the Luqa community in Solomon Islands".

Cheers, Karlyn! 🎉

Abstract:

This research explores indigenous conflict resolution methods in Solomon Islands, specifically the Luqa linguistic community. It develops a cyclic model called Kame and concept of Maja batu, rooted in Luqa's cultural ontology and epistemology. An indigenous research framework is used to evaluate international peace initiatives, revealing flaws in state-building attempts that neglect autochthonous sociopolitical entities. The study contributes to knowledge on post-conflict peacebuilding, highlighting the importance of indigenous perspectives. It challenges the liberal peace paradigm, offering new insights into conflict resolution and management in the South Pacific.

18/02/2024

This is a short documentary about empowering community with community gardening. A close collaboration and synergy between the Pasifika community and Vaka Tautua with support from the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury

14/02/2024

Congratulations to MahMah Tohoa Lita Tetini Timoteo for passing her PhD examination! She focused on the very important topic of the climate crisis and Indigenous experiences of Pacific peoples. Her thesis title is "‘Akarongo, ‘Āpi‘i, Arataki - Listen, Learn, Lead: Exploring the lived experiences and perspectives of Pacific peoples within climate change spaces: An Aotearoa context".

We are super proud of you, MahMah! Cheers! 🥳

14/02/2024

Congratulations to MahMah Tohoa Lita Tetini Timoteo for passing her PhD examination! She focused on the very important topic of the climate crisis and Indigenous experiences of Pacific peoples. Her thesis title is "‘Akarongo, ‘Āpi‘i, Arataki - Listen, Learn, Lead: Exploring the lived experiences and perspectives of Pacific peoples within climate change spaces: An Aotearoa context".

We are super proud of you, MahMah! Cheers! 🥳

PhD abstract:

Complex, nuanced, and devastating, the impacts of climate change are being felt on levels never experienced before in human history. Whilst many parts of the world are slowly, yet painfully becoming more exposed and familiar to the harmful and ever more destructive realities of the climate crisis, Pacific peoples and their communities have continued to be at the forefront of this global issue. Although much research has investigated the impact of climate change on Pacific Island nations, further research should consider the multifaceted and intersectional lived experiences and voices of Pacific peoples and their navigation of the climate emergency, specifically within climate change spaces throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. This research aimed to explore the lived experiences of Pacific peoples in climate spaces within Aotearoa New Zealand and sought to identify the challenges Pacific peoples face whilst navigating these spaces. In doing so, this research sought to address such challenges by suggesting potential ways forward that can be implemented to aid the amplification and safety of Pacific peoples and their communities.

Photos from Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies's post 14/02/2024

Empowering community with community gardening

This is a close collaboration and synergy between the Pasifika community and Vaka Tautua, with support from the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury

The short documentary is coming Monday next week!

12/02/2024

Please check out our new courses 2024 University of Canterbury

PACS 111 / Sementer 1 / 2024

The Global Pacific

Immerse yourself in the rich foundation of the history, diversity, and contemporary issues of the Pacific, including Pacific diaspora communities around the world.

Close Collaboration key to achieving POCCA project deliverables - University of the South Pacific 10/02/2024

The close collaboration and synergy between the Pacific Ocean and Climate Crisis Assessment project partners from The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the University of Canterbury (UC) has enabled the project to meet its goals progressively, heading into the new year.

This was highlighted by Dr Christina Laalaai-Tausa, the project team leader for UC during the POCCA project planning meeting held at The Pearl resort last week.

“Our six monthly monitoring and evaluation done in December 2023, indicates that POCCA continues to achieve its objectives due to the synergy between the two teams,” said Dr Laalaai-Tausa.

Close Collaboration key to achieving POCCA project deliverables - University of the South Pacific The close collaboration and synergy between the Pacific Ocean and Climate Crisis Assessment project partners...

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