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Pasifika students

Pasifika students identify with one or more Pacific countries – Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati and others. They are a diverse group with many different cultures and ways of viewing the world. They may have recently migrated to New Zealand or be from families who have been here for many years. They may speak one language or multiple languages. We must ensure that the uniqueness of their talents are celebrated and valued.

Gifted and talented Pasifika students reflect the cultures they come from, where the individual stands within complex social networks- not outside them. The gifted and talented Pasifika student will very often have a deep knowledge of who they are in relation to others and the reciprocal obligations involved in this. A need to serve others may be paramount. Identifying and developing the talents of gifted Pasifika students requires respect for this knowledge and need. As with all students, affirmation of one’s identity is critical to educational success. If the learner’s identity is bound to a distinct cultural context then that context needs to be acknowledged, understood and valued by the teacher in order for teaching and learning to flourish.

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