Kabini Sanga

AProf Kabini Sanga profile picture

Associate Professor Te Kura Maori


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Solomon Islands, Pacific education, Development education, leadership and ethics, indigenous research, aid to the Pacific.


PhD Sask, MEd Regina, GradCertEd BA S.Pac


Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington in 2000, Kabini was the former Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education; the premier state tertiary institution in the country. Kabini has also held leadership positions in teacher education (Head of School), Ministry of Education (Chief Education Officer-Director) and secondary schools (as Principal and Deputy Principal) in Solomon Islands. He has been a consultant for Solomon Islands government and international aid agencies over a number of years.

Research interests

Research interests are in leadership, educational policy, international education, development education, governance of higher education and indigenous research.

Current research projects

Book project, Rethinking Pacific Curriculum, with Professor Konai Thaman of The University of the South Pacific.

Book project on Indigenous Gula’alaa (Malaita, Solomon Islands) creative knowledge communication.

Book project on leadership, aimed at educational leaders within Pacific Islands countries who aspire to be more ethical and effective leaders.

A number of research projects on Solomon Islands relating to: indigenous knowledge, clan-based development, leadership and education.

Current research projects

  • Indigenous Pacific Intellectual Traditions (collaborations with Pacific Islands colleagues in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Guam),
  • Educational leadership in Solomon Islands (collaborative project with University of the South Pacific),
  • Writing projects with Solomon Islands students (collaborations with colleagues at the Solomon Islands National University),
  • Pacific Islands storying,
  • Public ethics and leadership in the Pacific (in collaboration with Professor Keith Walker, University of Saskatchewan)
  • Indigenous Mala’ita (Solomon Islands) Clan research.

Recently completed research projects

Book project on Pacific Education (with colleagues Drs Toumu’a and Fua of The University of the South Pacific); writing projects on Confucian influence on education leadership in Vietnam with colleague Dr Thang and Professor Hallinger; Creative writing project with Solomon Islands students on the Solomon Islands boarding school with colleagues of SINU; and Indigenous Mala’ita ethics project with Guala’alaa community.

Supervision interests

Educational administration; leadership and public ethics; leadership in divergent, international and comparative education; education in developing countries; international development; Pacific region-Pacific education and Indigenous Intellectual traditions and research.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Co-Director He Pārekereke
  • Pacific Nations Programme Advisor
  • Convenor of international projects
  • Convenor of a number of leadership networks



Teaching in 2020