• Clash of civilisations: Tonga and the West

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      The House thanks God that the king is still in good health, and the Monarch is still in control of the affairs of the country. We thank god for the assistance to Tonga from donor countries (Lord Lasike cited in Matangi ...
    • Climate change blues: sustaining village life in Tonga

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, AUT University, 2013)
      The loss of small island states will affect us all. Climate change refugees will become a very serious issue for all countries. Lord Ma’af On the afternoon of December 15th 2009, Tonga’s Minister for Environment and ...
    • Disaster politics: cyclone politicking and electioneering in the Kingdom of Tonga

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      Entering the new year of 2014 the Kingdom of Tonga had enough to worry about; a local economy choking to near death and a finance minister sacked and replaced in a political spectacle leaving the public baffled over what ...
    • Disaster Politics: Cyclone Politicking and Electioneering in the Kingdom of Tonga

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 2014)
      Abstract Entering the new year of 2014 the Kingdom of Tonga had enough to worry about; a local economy choking to near death and a finance minister sacked and replaced in a political spectacle leaving the public baffled ...
    • Forget China: no shark trade in Tonga - yeah right

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
      In the South Pacific winter of 2013, Michael Brassington reported from Tonga that “China is now the South Pacific’s most valued VIP.” The Australian journalist was interviewing Pesi Fonua, longstanding Tongan publisher ...
    • Free roast pig at open day: all you can eat will not attract South Auckland Pacific Islanders to university

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      I kid you not. This is a time in Pacific regional history where as a middle-aged Tongan woman with European, Maori, and Samoan ancestries who was born and raised in New Zealand, I teach students taking my undergraduate ...
    • Geopolitical Storymaking about Tonga and Fiji: how media fooled people to believe Ma'afu wanted Lau

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      Just when Tongan Democratic Party leader ‘Akilisi Pohiva stumped the public by saying he admired Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama because “he has been able to make things happen and take development to the people,” ...
    • Minerals and cucumbers in the sea: international relations will transform the Tongan State

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      Constitution law researcher Guy Powles, a Pakeha New Zealander residing in Australia was not optimistic accurate predictions on “the [Tonga] election which is coming up now in November” could be made (Garrett, 2014). “A ...
    • Modern colonialism: dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
      For this second article in a series of four stimulated by conversations about present day Tonga, Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka discuss whether there is a Tongan frame or explanation for development. And ...
    • Off the deep end: Tonga's continental shelf politics

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama - the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      Tonga had gone off the deep end. It proposed to grow its ocean territory in length by 60 nautical miles southeast and southwest. Hardly anyone knew the particulars, apart from a select group of senior bureaucrats in the ...
    • Off the Deep End: Tonga's Continental Shelf Politics

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 2014)
      Abstract Tonga had gone off the deep end. It proposed to grow its ocean territory in length by 60 nautical miles southeast and southwest. Hardly anyone knew the particulars, apart from a select group of senior bureaucrats ...
    • Report went to court: Tonga's parliamentary report on the Nuku'alofa reconstruction

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
      Chief Justice Michael Dishington Scott signed a court order in the Supreme Court of Tonga on December the 4th 2012, signifying structural reform in the South Pacific Kingdom. Whether the Kingdom of Tonga was ready or not, ...
    • Rethinking development in Tonga: dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli,vKalafi Moala, and Melino Maka

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
      Acknowledging the work of the late Tongan professors, Futa Helu and Epeli Hau’ofa, this is the first in a series of four articles. Teena Brown Pulu revisits Helu’s criticism of development in Tonga by framing interview ...
    • Sanjha Punjab – United Punjab: Exploring Composite Culture in a New Zealand Punjabi Film Documentary

      Brown Pulu, TJ; Mukhtar, A; Singh, H
      This paper examines the third author’s positionality as the researcher and storyteller of a PhD documentary film that will be shot in New Zealand, Pakistan, and North India. Adapting insights from writings on Punjab’s ...
    • The job of thinking people: dialogues with Sefita Hao’uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, 2013)
      Howard Zinn wrote “it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners” (Zinn, 2003). Democracy by Zinn’s view operates beyond state nationalism and a capitalist economy. Represented in people ...
    • Who Owns Tonga: Dialogues with Sefita Hao'uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Kaharoa: The e-Journal on Indigenous Pacific Issues, 2014)
      Abstract “Who owns Tonga?” asked Sefita Hao’uli. “We do. The people,” I quickly pitched back. But do we really? Quietly I second guessed myself after blurting out an idealistic reply. It might have sufficed the correct ...
    • Who owns Tonga: dialogues with Sefita Hao'uli, Kalafi Moala, and Melino Maka

      Brown Pulu, TJ (Te Ara Poutama – the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development – Auckland University of Technology, 2014)
      “Who owns Tonga?” asked Sefita Hao’uli. “We do. The people,” I quickly pitched back. But do we really? Quietly I second guessed myself after blurting out an idealistic reply. It might have sufficed the correct response in ...