Join us in this exciting Tok Stori…

The Wellington Southerlies

An OCIES-VUW tok stori, convened and hosted by the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Wellington Southerlies tok stori series focuses on the Oceania scholarship on orality and relationality, including the emerging research on talanoa, tok stori, yarning and kōrero.

Wellington Southerlies Tok stori #2

Topic: “Talanoa: Tongan epistemology and indigenous research method”  

Presenters: Dr Daniel Hernandez (University of Auckland); and ‘Inoke Hafoka (UCLA).


Professor Dawn Bessarab, (University of Western Australia).

Dr Laumua Tunufai (Auckland University of Technology).

Sense-maker:  Dr Seu’ula Johansson-Fua (University of the South Pacific).

Date:  Thursday 27 August, 2020 (Wednesday in Hawai’i)

Time: 12 noon – 1pm (NZ/Fiji time; 10am-11am Syd/Melb; others pls convert to your local time)   

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Pre-session preparation: As preparation, intending attendees are encouraged to read the paper by Daniel Hernandez, A., Hafoka, ‘Inoke, ‘Ulu‘ave, L., & ‘Ulu‘ave-Hafoka, M. (2018). Talanoa: Tongan epistemology and Indigenous research method. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples14(2), 156–163.

A PDF copy of pre-publication draft is available.

Participation:  Open to all OCIES members, Vaka Pasifiki and all interested researchers, students, emerging scholars from the Pacific, Oceania region and globally.

Further contact: Pine Southon (