An outstanding postgraduate student
The Ministry congratulates Leali'ie'e Tufulasi Taleni as the first Pacific researcher from the University of Canterbury to win an education award based on his Master’s thesis.
Leali'ie'e’s thesis looks at lifting Pasifika achievement in New Zealand, and it received the highest of accolades, graded an A+ from both examiners.
He argued that Pasifika students have, for too long, been trapped in an environment of underachievement, and that little has changed since the 1960s and ’70s, despite Ministry of Education endeavours to address the crisis in Pasifika education and the effect this has on the outcomes for Pasifika individuals and communities.
Leali'ie'e, Samoan, has a teaching background and he is currently employed by the University of Canterbury to foster and strengthen relationships with the Pacific community and promote education and achievement within it.
He has been awarded the 2017 NZARE Rae Munro Award for excellence for his Master’s thesis, endorsed with First Class Honours.
The Rae Munro Award honours the outstanding contribution of the late Dr Raeside Munro to educational research and teaching practice.
Since 1996, it has been awarded annually for an excellent Master’s-level thesis by an NZARE member in an area which has implications for teacher education or classroom practice.
The award consists of a written citation and a cash prize of $750.
A massive congratulation to Leali'ie'e and his family for this outstanding achievement.