Pacific Studies

What is the purpose of this course?

This course provides students the opportunities to learn and connect more to Oceania Culture; looking at Aotearoa and many of the Pacific Islands.

Deep dive into the Pacific today - What challenges are those in the Pacific region facing? What traditional and modern approaches are/can be taken in order to reach those challenges? With Tāmaki Mākaurau known as the Polynesian Capital of the world, what does that mean for Aotearoa New Zealand’s responsibilities to its Pacific Island neighbours to support aspects of Pacific Island culture.

Challenges in the Pacific Today

    • Climate Change: Impacts and Actions

    • International Relations

    • Political, Economic and Trading

Tāmaki Mākaurau - Polynesian Capital of the World

    • History of Migration to Tāmaki Mākaurau: Ponsonby to South Auckland

    • Polyfest

    • Pasifika Festival

    • Representation and Responsibilities

Pacific History - Untold Histories

  • New Caledonia

  • Hawaii

  • Nuclear Pacific

Students will have the opportunity to be the experts in the classroom, and spread their knowledge. Whānau will also be invited into the classroom to help support with their knowledge about our unique cultures.

Alongside this, students will be learning the following skills:

  • Research skills (finding primary and secondary sources)

  • Interpreting a range of information

  • Literacy skills - writing in paragraph and essay/report form

This course is NOT a UE approved subject. There is the possibility of cross-over of work in this subject with other subjects as well.

Assessment Standards

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There is the possibility that part of this course could also be connected to the following events:

  • OSC Oceania Evening - Organisation, Performances, Business

  • Polyfest - Performance, Speech

  • Ngā Manu Kōrero

Depending on the students in the class and their interests, there is the possibility that we could also bring organisation of events and possible choreography and performance to connect to Oceania cultures