Developing Our Voices: Pacific Early Career Academics’ Journeys in Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Tim Baice
  • Sereana Naepi
  • Seuta‘afili Patrick Thomsen
  • Karamia Muller
  • Marcia Leenen-Young
  • Sam Manuela
  • Sisikula Sisifa



The proportion of Pacific academics in permanent confirmation path positions at New Zealand universities (1.4 percent) continues to lag far behind the Pacific share of New Zealand’s population (7 percent). In this paper, we use a thematic talanoa to explore the experiences of Pacific early career academics (PECA) at the University of Auckland to highlight the key themes, challenges and features of our daily lives in the colonial, Western, and Pākehā institution that is the university. This paper sheds light on the systemic and structural barriers that impact PECA journeys through higher education and suggests actions that universities in New Zealand can take to further support, nurture, and develop PECA pathways into and upward through the academy.


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