Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Big Apple beckons University of Waikato Fulbright scholar


6 May, 2013


Big Apple beckons University of Waikato Fulbright scholar


University of Waikato Fulbright Scholar Lora Vaioleti is heading to New York City to work with a global partnership dedicated to helping island leaders work together on climate change, conservation and progress towards a sustainable future.

She has secured an internship with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and will be assisting three major projects, including sourcing funding assistance for Micronesian island groups, planning for the International Year of the Small Island Developing States in 2014 and helping to define GLISPA’s role in a planned world-wide voyage of traditional Polynesian vaka, the Hōkūlea, being organised by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

“This voyage will be a bold statement and a valuable source of inspiration for students and their communities to respect and care for the ocean, the environment and the deep cultural connections to these,” she says.

“I am excited and grateful to have been wholeheartedly accepted into such a creative and challenging role within a dynamic and influential partnership.”

Before securing the internship, Lora was in the U.S completing her Master’s Degree at the University of California (Irvine) as part of the Fulbright programme.

In the last month of her study, she applied for an extension to her Fulbright exchange and secured two small grants to interview a number of Tongan-Americans in a study on migration and the application of the socio-spatial concept of Tauhi va; attempting to gauge the latent value within traditional social practices for adapting to predicted changes in climate.

“Part of this study had me exploring the potential within Pacific diaspora for strategic climate adaptation, and I began investigating New Zealand’s own diaspora strategy, including the successful online Kiwi Expat Association (KEA),” she says.

“KEA includes a database of expat New Zealanders and within this database I happened upon the contact details of one of the key coordinators of GLISPA.”

Lora contacted the organisation and the rest, as they say, is history.

She says GLISPA represents a great opportunity for growth and the partnership mirrors her own vision for the Oceanic region, but on a global scale.

“One thing that drives my work is acknowledging how vital it is for islands within the Pacific, the collective Oceania, to collaborate and coordinate efforts on all scales and levels of society to improve resilience to climate change.”

“GLISPA’s priorities include inspiring leaders to make greater commitments to conservation of island biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods through mobilising resources, facilitating collaboration, tracking progress and importantly, increasing the visibility of these efforts to improve international recognition of the unique challenges being faced by the global island community,” she says.

It is also about showcasing the action islands are taking – “something I feel is lacking in mainstream climate dialogue”.

She says while she initially travelled to the U.S. to broaden her understanding of climate change for the Pacific, “I am now able to shift and apply this learning for the diverse global island community and gain insight to understand the common future threats and opportunities that exist for people of all island nations – not just Oceania.”

“Gaining such insight, not to mention the invaluable experience of working with the broad range of GLISPA participants such as the United Nations and international island ambassadors will only add to my capacity to assist in climate change resilience planning and implementation for Oceania in the near future.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Education
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news