Magazine article New Zealand Management

Leilani Salesa

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Leilani Salesa

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BA, social anthropology and English. BA, museum and cultural heritage. MA student at Auckland University. Pacific educator, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Represented the Museum and Auckland University at the inaugural Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Wellington. Mother is a third generation Pakeha New Zealander. Father is Samoan. 24 years old.

How would you describe the New Zealand identity?

It's an interesting time. We are waking to our reality as a Pacific nation--starting to discuss what that means and how it informs our individual identities. When I address meetings and describe myself as 'Pakeha' people are taken aback; when I identify as 'Samoan' I play to their expectations. We need to discuss what 'Pakeha' is--white New Zealanders should not be invisible; there should be awareness of what that means and celebration of it. We also need to discuss what 'Pacifika' and 'Maori' mean.

Who are we as a people?

This is both exciting and problematic. …

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