Intentional leadership and vā critical shifts: A Samoan–Palagi school principal’s talanoa

  • Stan Tiatia
Keywords: School leadership, school principal, Pasifika/Pacific education, intentionality, vā, Talanoa


The paper is a leadership talanoa by a primary school principal of Samoan and Palagi heritages. The context of my talanoa is a descriptive account of my intentional practices, stories of my lived experiences, and contextual learnings aimed to shift school practices and structures so that Pasifika students succeed as Pasifika, a point clearly noted in the Tapasā policy. To prioritise the success of diverse ākonga in South Auckland, knowing and learning to work outside of the confines of school systems and governance processes within Aotearoa New Zealand schooling supported my work as a school principal and critical change agent. I write this paper using talanoa, the cultural practice of storying by (re)telling my leadership reflections and ako views as a Pasifika school leader. Talanoa and have been useful in my intentional practices.


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How to Cite
Tiatia, S. (2022). Intentional leadership and vā critical shifts: A Samoan–Palagi school principal’s talanoa. Ethnographic Edge, 5(2).