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Talanoa Ako is an education programme for Pacific parents, families, and communities.

The programme supports them to build knowledge and confidence, enabling them to champion their children's education and learning journeys.

The Talanoa Ako Guided Resources (TAGR) have been developed from Pacific parent, family, community, and learner voice (2016-2019 PowerUP to Talanoa Ako longitudinal evaluations) which describe the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of a dynamic and vibrant Pacific community. 

The TAGR have also been developed to provide a suite of tangible tools that can support schools and communities toward Pacific success.

The Talanoa Ako Guided Resources that follow are grouped in three resources. Other resources are also included.

First resource
Talanoa Ako: Pacific Talk about Education and Learning, which is made up of three reports

  • Talanoa Ako: Pacific Parents, Families, Learners and Communities Talk Education Together
  • Talanoa Ako: From Pacific PowerUP to Talanoa Ako, Case Studies 
  • Talanoa Ako: Talking about Education and Learning – Pacific Education Literature Review

Second resource
Talanoa Ako: Ngāue Fakataha ki he Ako ʻa e Fānau, a six-part series, presents solutions and different ways of working that lead to Pacific educational success.

Third resource
Talanoa Ako: Building Pacific-Capable Boards – Seu le manu ae taga’I I le galu is a refresh of a Ministry of Education resource that focused on supporting boards of trustees to build their Pacific capability and engagement. 

Other resources
Talanoa Ako Fakataha (the Talanoa Ako cycle), Talanoa Ako: Make it HAPPEN, and Talanoa Ako: PISA for Pacific parents and schools.

Talanoa Ako: Pacific Talk about Education and Learning

Talanoa Ako - Pacific talk about education and learning

This the first resource in the series of Talanoa Ako Guided Resources. 

This resource supports Pacific practices, teaching, and learning by helping schools and teachers to:

  • reflect on their own practices and walk alongside Pacific families and communities 
  • understand what "culturally safe spaces" look and feel like 
  • understand what is culturally important to Pacific learners and families
  • understand how powerful parent and learner voice is, in the development for "fit-for-purpose" programmes that contribute to Pacific success
  • explains the "As and By Pacific" model.

The three reports, which make up the Talanoa Ako: Talking about Education and Learning resource, are listed below. Each acknowledges the contributing authors and includes a short summary of the report. 

Talanoa Ako: Pacific Parents, Families, Learners and Communities Talk Education Together

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  • Synthesis Report of Pacific PowerUP Evaluations 2016–2019  
  • Authored by Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop  

The report records the journey to understand what culturally safe spaces look like for Pacific learners, PowerUP Pacific parents and learners, community coordinators, leaders, and teachers.

Four focus questions guided the study, and those carrying out the study applied a Pacific lens to defining what is of value and to determining how to achieve what is of value.

Talanoa Ako: From Pacific PowerUP to Talanoa Ako, Case Studies 

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  • PowerUp Evaluations 2016-2019 Key Learnings 
  • Authored by Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop  

Case studies contribute to the evidence-based discussion of Pacific education by the Pacific community and education researchers, policymakers and programmers, teachers, and schools.

Talanoa Ako: Talking about Education and Learning – Pacific Education Literature Review

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  • A literature review of the 5 Key Findings of the Pacific PowerUP Longitudinal Evaluation 2016–2018 
  • Authored by Dr Cherie Chu-Fuluifaga, Dr Ivy Abella, Dr Martyn Reynolds, and Dr Fuapepe Rimoni (Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington) 

The Longitudinal PowerUp to Talanoa Ako evaluations (2016-2019) identified areas needed to support Pacific educational achievement. 

This resource provides a literature review on these 5 finding themes: Pacific visible, identity language and culture, pacific wellbeing, ‘Auala in access, and cultural bias and racism.

Talanoa Ako: Ngāue Fakataha ki he Ako ʻa e Fānau  

Talanoa Ako - Ngaue Fakataha ki he Ako a e Fanau

This second resource (part of a six-part series of Talanoa Ako Guided Resources) authored by Dr Lesieli Tongati’o co-constructs solutions and different ways of working that lead to Pacific educational success. 

The research project set out to gain understanding between schools and their Pacific parents, families, and communities. The work draws from the voices of schools, parents, and learners.

Informed by the findings, you will be better able to grow reciprocal relationships and support leaners’ progress and achievement.

Talanoa Ako: Building Pacific-Capable Boards – Seu le manu ae taga’I I le galu 

Talanoa Ako_Building Pacific-Capable Boards

This third resource is a refresh of a Ministry of Education resource that focused on supporting boards of trustees to build their Pacific capability and engagement. 

This resource will help your board’s journey to be responsive and capable to meet the educational achievement, progress, and expectations of your Pacific learners and their parents, families, and communities

Building Pacific-Capable School Boards aligns to the Ministry of Education’s Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030. It will support boards to develop school processes, policies, and strategies that embed Pacific success in governance, management, curriculum, and the school environment.

Talanoa Ako Fakataha / Talatalanoaga Faalea‘oa‘oga Cycle (the Talanoa Ako cycle)

Talano Ako cycle

This table combines information about the principles of Pasifika success, assessment for learning, relationships, governance and leadership, roles and responsibilities, and student learning theory. 

The Talanoa Ako cycle is a tool you can embed in the work your school uses to engage with Pacific learners, parents, and their families.

Talanoa Ako cycle (PDF, 257 kB)

Talanoa Ako: Make it HAPPEN – Have an Action Plan for Pacific Education Now!

Cover image for Make it Happen: Have an Action Plan for Pacific Education Now!

This resource looks at key documents like the Action Plan for Pacific Education and Tapasā to help you construct your school’s own Pacific Education Action Plan.

The word "HAPPEN" is used as an acronym to convey urgency and a call to action to "Have an Action Plan for Pacific Education Now".

Talanoa Ako: PISA for Pacific parents and schools – Tama a le 'ele 'ele, sa'ili malō

Cover image for Talanoa Ako: Pisa for Pacific Parents and schools

This resource presents the key findings about the reading performance of Pacific 15-year-olds from the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). This resource highlights the need and urgent action for a partnership between home and school, to support Pacific learners’ reading literacy achievement. The report is framed by key themes taken from the PISA learners’ questionnaire.

For each theme, there is a graphic presentation of data, as well as ideas and activities for parents, families, schools, and teachers to use to empower Pacific learners to keep doing their best at school.

Talanoa Ako Video Stories: The Community Voice 

Watch/Listen to the organic voices of Pacific learners, parents, and key stakeholders.

These are unscripted Talanoa. Authentic Pacific voices share – from their own hearts and minds – dreams, hopes, and aspirations for Pacific educational success.  

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Ordering hard copies of resources

Talanoa Ako storage box

Additional hard copies can be ordered by:

A Talanoa Ako Guided Resources storage box to keep all your resources together is also available to order.


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