Mrs ‘Ana Heti Veikune


Name: Mrs ‘Ana Heti Veikune

Position: Fellow in Curriculum & Literacy

Telephone: +676 29055 (Work)


Office: USP Tonga Campus, Tonga

Bio: I have lived and worked in Tonga all my life, apart from time abroad for studies.  I enjoy my working life at USP Tonga Campus, and most recently IoE, which I joined in August of 2021.  Three of my four children are current USP students so going to work involves almost all of my family.  I also enjoy a variety of activities in my community, especially my home village, high school ex-student association, and in my church, as Secretary of Women’s Fellowship, Sunday School and choir.

Current research projects

  • Literacy: Tonga Education Support Activity
  • Education for Sustainable Development 2 project, UNESCO
  • Pacific Education Research Framework (PacREF)


PhD Candidate, Education
The University of the South Pacific

University of Canberra, Australia

BA, English
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Certificate, TESL
The University of the South Pacific

Diploma, Teaching Secondary
Auckland College of Education


Kothari , S., & Pearson, S. (Directors). (n.d.). Heti Veikune, Digital Story Tonga Kaloni kakala Tears [Motion Picture]. New Zealand . Retrieved from

Taufe’ulungaki, A. M., Veikune, A. H., Early , R., & Spratt, R. (2020). Pacific Pedagogies for Literacy and Language Development: Exploring a research-practice intervention. In It takes an Island and an Ocean (pp. 29-43). Institute of Education, Tonga Campus . Retrieved from

Veikune , A. H., Oldehaver, J., Fua, S. J., & Jesson, R. (2020). Pedagogy and Relationality. In Relationality and Learning in Oceania – Contextualizing Education for Development (pp. 102-115). The Netherlands. doi:

Veikune, A. H. (2018). Ko e teunga ki he katoanga. Suva: University of the South Pacific, Institute of Education. Retrieved from

Veikune, H. (2003). Factors Influencing Success of Form 7 students. In L. Maka, S. Johansson-Fua, & F. Pene, Ta Kupesi: Emerging Themes & Methodologies from Educational Research in Tonga. Suva: Institute of Education, USP.

Veikune, H., & Spratt, R. (2016, August). Weaving a new approach to improving student literacy outcomes: The Pacific Literacy and School Leadership Programme. Development Bulletin, No 77. Retrieved from Crawford School of Public Policy, Aus:


Research interests

Literacy, specifically Oracy, first and second language teaching and learning, Pacific research methodologies, curriculum development and review, educational development

Project involvement

  • List of Project Name, Project Contractor, Project Duration
  • Tonga Education Support Activity, Ministry of Education and Training, 2019 – 2021
  • Pacific Literacy and School Leadership Project (PLSLP), MFAT-NZ, 2014 – 2018
  • Education for Sustainable Development Phase 2, UNESCO, August-September 2021
  • Theory of Mind Marsden Research Project, University of Otago (Dr. Mele Taumoepeau), 2019-2020


Chair of panel/ panel member on Accreditation team, TNQAB


English for Academic Purposes, 2012 – 2021, UU114

Planning Professional Development, EDP05

School Leadership, EDP06

School Management, EDP07

Enhancing Learning & Teaching Environment, EDP08

Community Partnership, EDP09

Pre-tertiary English, LLP13

Linguistic Language, LLF11

Foundation English, LLF14

Communication and Language, LNF21

Introduction to Language Studies, LL122

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