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Aue Te Ava
Aue Te Ava
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School of Education
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Lecturer
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Dr Aue Te Ava would like to pay his respect to the Indigenous People of the South Pacific past and present who are traditional owners of the land in which we teach and learn at the University of the South Pacific and throughout the Pacific region. 

Dr Aue Te Ava is a Cook Island Maori heritage. He brings a vast experience of teaching and research in Indigenous populations. Currently lecturing in the School of Education at the University of the South Pacific in the Friendly North of Labasa Campus, Northern District of Fiji. Dr Te Ava received his qualifications from Hawaii and PhD from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He was also a former Primary and Secondary health and physical education teacher in Hawaii, Cook Islands, and New Zealand. He also taught at Universities in New Zealand and Australia. Dr Te Ava encourages students to apply critical thinking, creativity and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Growing Our Own Indigenous Teacher Professional Experience in the Northern Territory of Australia encouraged Dr Te Ava to expand his research focus not only in Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia but also in adolescences health and wellbeing, Pacific Island suicide prevention, Pasifika Education, Indigenous methodologies, mental health, culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum and pedagogy, ICT in education pedagogy, health and physical education, teacher education, and culturally and linguistically competent educator. Dr Te Ava wishes to contribute his experiences and knowledge to the leadership, teamwork, pastoral care, and problem solving skills which have been harnessed through his teaching and research experience in enhancing education and health values in the Pacific region. Dr Te Ava is enthused about expanding his knowledge and worldview not only in education leaderships but also developing cultural competence leadership workshops in the Pacific region. 

Qualifications: 

    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education – 2012 @ University of Auckland, New Zealand. 
    • Master of Science in Health and Physical Education Department of Kinesiology of Leisure Science – 2001 @ University of Hawaii-Manoa, Hawaii USA.
    • Bachelor of Science Department of Exercise and Sport Science – 1998 @ Brigham Young University Hawaii, Laie, USA. 

Designation: Lecturer in Education
Room: Labasa Campus FALE (ED)
Phone: +679 888 39213

Research Areas

  • Health and wellbeing 
  • Teacher Education 
  • Mental Health 
  • Indigenous Education and Heath
  • Professional experience
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Traditional Sports and Games in the Pacific 
  • Cultural competence in Education
  • ICT in Education

Teaching Experience

  • Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education, Primary Education and Secondary Education
  • Health, Sports and Physical Education
  • Indigenous/Pacific Education methodologies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning
  • Indigenous Studies Human Rights 

Professional Research Collaboration

  • The Wollotuka Institute of Indigenous Knowledge, Callaghan campus, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2018-present)
  • Weemala Indigenous High Education Unit, Australia Catholic University, Brisbane campus (2018-present)
  • Ministry of Health research partnership and culturally competent training Labasa, Northern Fiji (2018-present)
  • Ministry of Education research partnership, Labasa Fiji (2018-present)
  • Gumurrii Centre for Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, Griffith University, Brisbane (2016-2018)
  • Cluster for Health Improvement, University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia (2013-present)
  • Research Committee, Health and Sustainability Health and Wellbeing, International Graduate Centre for Education, School of Education, Charles Darwin University – Northern Territory (2011-2017) 
  • International Research Collaboration Australia National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia (2010-2016)

Consultancies

  • Ministry of Health cultural competence training, Labasa Northern Fiji (2018-present)
  • Trainer, Cultural Competence, CDU NT, UWS NSW, & USQ (2017-present)
  • Mentored, Pasifika Islands Students at Marsden State High School, Brisbane, Queensland (2016-2018)
  • Advisor, Grow Our Own (ICMHE), North Territory of Australia (2011-2016)
  • Trainer, Cultural competent at Mabel Park High School Pasifika Islands Teachers (2016-2018)
  • Consultant Advisory, Pasifika Island Human Performance, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2009-2012)
  • Health Advisor, Green Prescription Pasifika Community Health, Auckland (2009-2014)
  • Policy Reviewer, Ministry of Arts & Festival, Cook Island Govt (2006-2009)
  • Research Policy Reviewer of the Ministry of Education, Cook Island Govt (2006-2008)
  • Advisor, Mental Health Citizen (ARC) – Honolulu, HI USA (2004-2007)
  • Advisory Council, Parks & Recreation Management Therapeutic Recreation Unit, City & County, Honolulu, HI USA (2003-2006)

 

 

Leadership & Community Service:

  • Logan Central South Brisbane (2016 – 2018)
    • Committee Member, Logan Central Mental Health Networking, Logan, Qld
    • Committee Member, Multilink Suicide Prevention Networking, Logan, Qld
    • Youth Leader/Advisor, Latter Day Saints Church, Hawaii, Zealand and Australia
    • Advocate, Pasifika Family Violence, Logan Multilink Youth Services, Qld
  • College of Indigenous Studies and Education Research Leadership – University of Southern Queensland
    • College of Indigenous Studies Education Research (CISER) – University of Southern Queensland Course Examiner/Coordinator for the following course: Overseeing the examination of the following courses: 
    • ISE2002 Human Rights and Ideologies of the Nations State
    • ISE 3000 Language, Culture, Identity and Community
    • ISE1002 Comparative and Contemporary Indigenous Cultures.
    • School Coordinator for Students – Academic Division of Student Management and Academic Inquiry and Integrity 
    • Course Coordinator for School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education, Brisbane - Australia

 

 

             

            • Northern Territory – Charles Darwin University, Australia (2011 – 2016)

             

             

            School of Education Leadership

            • Assistant course manager in academic leadership oversight of the coordination of the Bachelor of Secondary Teaching program(s)
            • Course Coordinator for the Health and Physical Education of Early Childhood, Primary, Middle School, and Secondary Education 
            • Professional Experience placements undergraduate.
            • Supervised pre-service teachers’ teaching in the classroom. 
            • Growing Our Own (Indigenous Community Teacher Education), Northern Territory, Australia – School of Education - Indigenous pre-service teachers studying towards a Bachelor of Education in Primary at Charles Darwin University.
            • Mentored, St John’s Catholic School , NT Schools, Australia
            • Mentored, Casuarina Senior College Mentoring Students Health Science Projects, Darwin, NT Schools

             

             

            Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

            New Paper Publication: 

            Te Ava, A. (2015). Hawaiian Voyages sail in to CDU, enews, Issue 7, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia www.cdu.edu.au/enews/stories/Hawaii-voyage. 

            News Paper Publication: 

            Te Ava, A. (2015). Hawaiian Voyages sail in to CDU, enews, Issue 7, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia www.cdu.edu.au/enews/stories/Hawaii-voyage. 

            Journal Articles:

            Te Ava, A., & Page, A. (2018). How the Tivaevae can be used as an Indigenous methodology in the Cook Islands setting: Published in the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education. doi 10.1017/jie.2018.9

            Te Ava, Smith, S., A., Rubie-Davis, C., & Airini, A. (2018). Atoro’ia te peu ‘ā to ‘ui tūpuna: A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Pasifika Peoples. In Book chapter: Cultivating a healthy lifestyle among faculty and students. Editors: Dr Marcus A. Henning, Dr Christian U. Krägeloh, Dr Rachel Dryer, Dr Fiona Moir, Professor Rex Billington, Professor Andrew G. Hill. Published in Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group  

            Page, A., & Te Ava, A. (2018). “A critical view of female aggression and the implications of gender, culture and changing society: A Cook Islands perspective.” Journal of Psychology and Inclusive Studies. 

            Mahony, L., Hyndman, B., Nutton, G., Smith, Sue., & Te Ava, A., (2017). Monkey bars, noodles and hay bales: A comparative analysis of social interaction in two school ground contexts. International Journal of Play, 1-11.doi:10.1080/21594937.2017.1348319

            Midford, R., Cahill, H., Geng, G., Leckning, B., Gary, R., & Te Ava, A. (2016). Social and emotional education with Australian Year 7 and Year 8 middle school students: A pilot study. Health Education Journal, 1–11. doi:10.1177/0017896916678024.sage

            Te Ava, A., Rubie-Davis, C. (2016) Cook Islands students’ attitudes towards physical education, Australian Journal of Teacher Education,41(4), 126–135.

            Hyndman, B., Mahony, L., Te Ava, A., Smith, S., & Nutton, G. (2016). Complementing the Australian primary school Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum: exploring children’s HPE learning experiences within varying school ground equipment contexts. International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 3(13), 1–16.

            Smith, S.E., Peitch, F., McKenna, T., & Te Ava, A. (2014). A Difficult Dinner Party – Being Loved and Safe: How Spirituality in Education Can Open Inclusive Practices, Creative Approaches to Research, 7(2), 25–38.

            Te Ava, A. (2014). Initiating a culturally responsive pedagogy: Historical shifts in health and physical education Conference proceedings: Australian Association for Research Education (AARE) – New Zealand Association for Research Education (NZARE), Speaking back through research, 30 November – 4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

            Te Ava, A., (2013). Kia Marama Te Au Tauira Ite ‘Āite’anga Ote Au Peu ‘Ui Tūpuna: Students’ Perceptions of Cultural Activities in Physical Education. Paper Published in the 28th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference Proceedings: A Defining Time, 27-29 November 2013, Melbourne University.

            Te Ava, A., Rubie-Davis, C., Airini., and Ovens, A. (2013). Akaoraoraia te Peu ‘A To ‘Ui Tupuna: Implementing Cook Islands core values in culturally responsive pedagogy in Cook Islands physical education classrooms. Australia Indigenous Research Education Journal, 42(1), 32–43.

            Te Ava, A., Airini., and Rubie-Davis, C. (2011). Akarakara Akaouanga ite kite Pakari o te Kuki Airani: Culturally responsive pedagogy. Pacific-Asian Education, 23(2), 117–128

            Te Ava, A., (2010). Taangaanga te Peu Rarotonga: Investing Rarotongan Core Values. Brigham Young University of Hawaii Journal of Pacific Island Studies. Issue, 33(1), 40–53.

            Thompson, S., McDonald, F., Talakai, M., Taumoepeau, V., and Te Ava, A. (2009).Training manual for teaching working with pacific students: Engaging pacific learners. Good Practice Publication Grant e-Book Ako Aotearoa: www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/gppg-ebook.

            Conference Chair

            Presentation Chair, The Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference, 7–10 July, 2016, with the theme Strengthening Partnerships in Teacher Education. Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia.

            Program Organiser, Third Indigenous Leaders Conference: Engagement and the Power of Choice. Charles Darwin University Campus November 10-11 2016. Northern Territory, Australia

            Chairing Committee, Second Indigenous Leadership Conference: navigating the health-education nexus at Darwin Convention Centre 28-29 September 2015. The International Graduate Centre of Education and the Centre of School Leadership, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) hosted the conference

            Program Organiser, First Indigenous School Leadership Conference at Darwin Convention Centre. In collaboration with the International Graduate Centre of Education, the Centre of School Leadership and the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education at Charles Darwin University., Northern Territory 28 November  2014. 

            Chair of the Health Research Council (HRC) Pacific Health Research Fono – Pacific Edge: Transforming Knowledge into Innovative Practice April 18-19 2012, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, Auckland.  

            Conference Chair, Cook Islands Health National Association Conference (2012). Manuka Events Centre. April 15-18 Manukau Events Centre, Auckland New Zealand

            Conference Présentations:

            Dorovolomo, J., & Te Ava, A. (2017). Newspaper as a vehicle for fan participation in the management of the Fiji Rugby Union. Paper presented at the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) conference, 29 November – 1 December, Gold Coast, Australia

            Te Ava. A. (2014) Indigenous Research Methodology: Tivaevae. 2nd Sports Matters Conference. Theme: Inspire, Unite, and Change, September 29 – October 1 2014, School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC).  

            Te Ava, A. (2014). Initiating a culturally responsive pedagogy: Historical shifts in health and physical education. Paper Presented at Australian Association for Research Education (AARE) – New Zealand Association for Research Education (NZARE) Conference proceedings: Speaking back through research, 30 November – 4 December 2014, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Campus, Brisbane, Australia.

            Te Ava, A., (2013). Kia Marama Te Au Tauira Ite ‘Āite’anga Ote Au Peu ‘UiTūpuna: Students’ Perceptions of Cultural Activities in Physical Education. Paper Presented at the 28th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference Proceedings: A Defining Time, 27-29 November 2013, Melbourne University. 

            Smith, S.E., Peitch, F., McKenna, T., & Te Ava, A (2013). A Difficult Dinner Party – Being Loved and Safe: How Spirituality in Education Can Open Inclusive Practices. Paper Presented at the Thirteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities, and Nations, 16 – 18 June 2013, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory. 

            Te Ava, A. (2008). Cook Islands cultural values and beliefs in teaching and learning. New Zealand Association Research Education (NZARE) Conference Proceedings November 24-27 2008, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

            Te Ava, A. (2007). Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Pre-Conference Pasifika Symposium. New Zealand Association Research Education (NZARE) in 15th – 18th October, 2007, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand.

            Te Ava, A. (2004).The use of metaphor in teaching and learning. First Hawai’i International Conference on Education, Peer-reviewed conference, Hawaii Convention Centre, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA.

            Te Ava, A. (1998). The Effects of Nordic Track versus Arm Ergometer in developing Cardiovascular Maximal Oxygen Consumption (Max VO2). Hawaii Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HAHPERD) Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

            Grants and Scholarships

            • DARST Funding Australia Health and Wellbeing Project , Charles Darwin University -  $35, 000; 2015
            • DARST Funding Australia Health and Wellbeing project, Charles Darwin University - $35, 000; 2013
            • Development of Cook Islands Auckland research and planning, Auckland, New Zealand - $80, 000; 2011
            • Pride project of the University of Auckland Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic Pasifika Health - $28, 000; 2011
            • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award – Centre for Research Excellence Nga Pae o te Maramatanga - $9, 000; 2010
            • Ministry of Education Pasifika Award  - $10, 000
            • PhD Pasifika Postgraduate Award for four years – $30, 000 per annum 
            • University of Hawaii East West Centre Award - $14, 000

             Seminars, Symposiums, Retreats and Workshop:

            Te Ava, A. (2018). How the Tivaevae Model can be used as an Indigenous Methodology in Cook Islands Education settings. School of Education Undergraduate and Postgraduate Seminar Proceedings at Australian Catholic University 28 June 2018, Brisbane campus. 

            Te Ava, A. (2018). Cultural Framework, Workshop Presentation: Australian Catholic University, Nudgee Road, Brisbane campus, Australia, 14 July 2018.

            Te Ava, A. (2017). Pasifika Frameworks, Seminar at Queensland Metropolitan Health. Brisbane. 23 October 2017. 

            Te Ava, A. (2012). Frameworks for Development. Guest Lecturer. Pasifika Education Pedagogy Early Childhood. School of Critical Studies and Teaching and Learning. 14 April 2012. Undergraduate Paper. Epsom Campus, University of Auckland.  

            Te Ava, A. (2010). Raranga (Weaving): “Imbedding Pasifika Knowledge in Research” Seminar Series for Staff and Postgraduate Students. 28 May 2010.  

            Te Ava, A. (2010). Education a Lifelong Learning Experience. Cook Islands Youth Workshop 3 October 2010, Fale Pasifika at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

            Te Ava, A. (2011). Kaveinga no te Raveanga: Tivaevae as an Indigenous Methodology in Cook Islands setting, Building Research Capability for the Social Sciences – Pacific Post Graduate Talanoa Symposium Series, 18 July, 2011.

            Te Ava, A. (2010). Takitoru: Teacher and Student Engagement in Teaching and Learning: Cook Island Perspective, Paper Presented at the Unitec Academic Research Symposium held on the 27th – 29th September 2010, Unitec Institute of Technology. Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand.

            Te Ava, A. (2008). Kapi Tai (Study One): Atoro Te Peu ‘Ā Ō Tūpuna – Exploring Cook Islands Core Values. 2nd Doctoral Research in Education Symposium, Faculty of Education, Epsom Campus, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

            Te Ava, A. (2008). Building Pacific Research Scholarship Symposium, Fale Pasifika April 16 – 18, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

            Te Ava, A. (2007).Cultural Methodologies for Physical Education in the Cook Islands. Pasifika Symposium for Education at the University of Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand, 7th October, 2007.

            Book Chapters and Proceedings: 

            Te Ava, Smith, S., A., Rubie-Davis, C., & Airini, A. (2018). Atoro’ia te peu ‘ā to ‘ui tūpuna: A Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for Pasifika Peoples. In Book chapter: Cultivating a healthy lifestyle among faculty and students. Editors: Dr Marcus A. Henning, Dr Christian U. Krägeloh, Dr Rachel Dryer, Dr Fiona Moir, Professor Rex Billington, Professor Andrew G. Hill. Published in Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.

            Budd, Y., Geng, G., & b (2016). Identity, language and culture: Six frames. In S. O’ Neill & H. van Rensburg (Eds.), Global language policies and local educational practices and cultures (pp. 32–53). Blue Mounds, WI: Deep University Press.

             

            Professional Memberships

            My membership of professional bodies include:  

            Australia Council of Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
            Australia Associates of Education Research (AARE)
            New Zealand Association of Research Education (NZARE)

             
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