Niusila Faamanatu-Eteuati

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Lecturer in Samoan Studies School of Languages and Cultures


Teaching in 2020

Tulou ou sā ma faigatā Samoa. Talofa lava and warm greetings!

I am Samoan from the villages of Samusu, Aleipata (Utuga) and Vaegā, Satupa’itea (Asiata) with āiga connections in Lepā, Salani, Solosolo & Faleāpuna, and through my in laws Sala’ilua, Manono, and Tuasivi.

I was educated in Samoa (Saleaaumua Primary, Leifiifi Intermediate, Samoa College & Foundation studies at National University of Samoa) and later awarded scholarship for tertiary studies in New Zealand.

I returned to Samoa and taught Geography, Biology and Social Studies at Samoa College, before being appointed a lecturer for Social Science & Education at the Faculty of Education, National University of Samoa. I served in Samoan education for fifteen years before applying to study at Victoria University of Wellington. This allowed an opportunity to work as a graduate assistant/PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education in the first two years, and later recruited as a lecturer for Matā‘upu tau Samoa at Va‘aomanū Pasifika.

It is a privilege being an educator as I entreat in nurturing the future generation - Teaching in Samoan studies is a prospect to be a reflective practitioner about my cultural values, research deeper into language learning, mythologies, Samoan literature and translating this scholastic understanding into the academic milieu.

My current research topic is – Umufonotalatalaga ma faiā‘oga Samoa. Unravelling Samoan teachers’ experiences of classroom behaviour management.

This PhD study unravels teachers’ stories of their experiences in classroom behaviour management at secondary school level examining the discourses of challenging behaviour, the role of Samoan language, cultural responsive pedagogies, faatonutonuina (discipline), faasinomaga (identity) & tupu'aga (heritage) while exploring the concepts of ‘soālaupule’, tōfā faato‘ato‘a and ‘umufonotalatalaga’
Tau ina ia a‘ogā se ‘au‘aunaga, mo tupulaga lalovaoa o Samoa ma Aotearoa!


  1. Bachelor of Social Science & Diploma of Secondary School Teaching - majored in Environmental Studies, Geography & Biology (Waikato University, Hamilton)
  2. Master of Inclusive Education (conjoint award of Roehampton University, London; Charles University, Prague & Fontys University, Netherlands) – Thesis Title “A study of teachers’ pedagogical ideas to manage students with behaviour difficulties in mainstream schools – Case studies of England schools.”
  3. PhD Candidate in Education Psychology – Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington (Submit, 2018)

Selected external activities

Executive Member of Pacific Circle Consortium since 2010.

Immediate Past president for Samoa Association of Women Graduates – (SAWG), current executive member for SAWG since 2002.

Committee member New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women – Graduate Women Wellington Branch.

Member of FAGASA – National Organisation for the Teaching of Samoan in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Academic adviser for Samoan Language in ‘Master of Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation’ (MICAT)

Wife of a Samoan matai alii and a member of Samoan Christian Church Community in Wellington and Samoa.


2017 SunPix Award for Pacific Education -

Selected publications

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2018). E maniti tino i nei tala – Elusive stories flabbergasted my physique. Neke. The New Zealand Journal of Translation Studies, S1,1,ISSN 2538-0761.

Doyle, S., Loveridge, J. & Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2017). 'Journeys across educational and cultural borders: International Postgraduate students with young children'. British Journal of Sociology of Education.

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2016). 'E tautala aso. Umufonotalatalaga ma faia’oga Samoa. The days will tell. Reflective Samoan teachers'. Paper Presented at the 7th Measina Samoa Conference, 15-17 Nov, 2016. Le Papaigalagala, National University of Samoa. (Paper Forthcoming).

Doyle, S., Loveridge, J. & Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2016). ‘Counting Family: Making the Family of International Students Visible in Higher Education Policy and Practice’ Higher Education Policy. 29 (2), pp.184-198.

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. ‘Faiā’oga e, ia uluulumamau. Teacher sustainability to map the 21st century Eduscapes’. Paper presented at the 39th Annual PCC Conference, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. July 1 – 5, 2015. (Paper Forthcoming).

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. Paper presented at 38th Pacific Circle Consortium Conference. Australian Catholic University, Sydney Oct 17-19, 2014. (Paper Forthcoming).

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2013). Sa’ili’iligā matagi mo faiaoga Samoa - Necessities for teachers to enhance inclusive education in Samoa. Nieuw Meesterschap-Dutch Journal 3 (2), 34-37. Sa’ili’iligā matagi mo faiaoga Samoa pdf300KB

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2013). Pe’a naumati lagona – When words cannot express. ‘The use of art therapy for schools in Aleipata affected by the 2009 tsunami in Samoa’. Conference Unpublished paper contribution, 6th Education Psychology Conference, Waikato University, 2013.

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2011). Se’i tatou ‘aleaga – Samoan educators’ insights into Inclusive education development, Pacific Asia Education Journal 23(2), 65-76.

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2007). A study of teachers’ pedagogical ideas to manage students with behaviour difficulties in mainstream schools – Case studies of England schools, M.Ed Thesis, Roehampton University, London.

Other literary contributions

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2019). Tui Aotearoa – Faamanatu mai le Matāmatagi – Best New Zealand Poems 2016 English Samoan Bilingual Edition.

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2019). Samoan studies blog -

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2017). Samoan studies blog – Why teach/learn Samoan studies at university level?

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2015). Review of - “1918 Le Moana Show”, Whitireia Theatre Performance

Faamanatu-Eteuati, N. (2016). Samoan Language Week 2016 Teachers’ Resource -


Teaching in 2020