On Wednesday evening, 22nd February, one of our fabulous doctoral candidates, Wanda Ieremia-Allan, was awarded the Tagaloa Scholarship prize. In its second year of running, the Tagaloa Scholarship is awarded to four Pacific masters and doctoral students who are able to “demonstrate that their studies aim improve the social, economic and wellbeing of [the] Pacific, through a Pacific holistic worldview”. Wanda, who recently transferred to Te Tumu from Waikato, is in her final year of doctoral research in Pacific Studies. She is completing cutting-edge research on the impact of Sāmoan missionary newspaper O Le Sulu Samoa and its far-reaching impacts throughout the Pacific. Wanda is being supervised by University of British Columbia Professor Alice Te Punga Somerville, Otago alumni and current Director of USP’s Samoa Campus, To’oto’oleaava Dr. Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa, and Dr Jess Pasisi here in Te Tumu.
Later this month, at 5.30pm on 29 July, Te Tumu’s newest professor, Lachy Paterson, will deliver his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, in Archway 1 Lecture Theatre. Titled “Colonialism, Race and Print” is looks at some of Lachy’s work with colonial newspapers.
This is a public lecture open to all. This will also be live-streamed (click here for the live-stream link, and more information.) In due course the lecture will also be uploaded into the University’s YouTube channel.