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Multiculturalism: navigating the spaces between ethnicity, identity and diversity | Dunedin
Multiculturalism: navigating the spaces between ethnicity, identity and diversity | Dunedin
Created by Tessa Gray
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
7:15 am to 12:00 pm


Wednesday 16 August 2017

Breakfast and seminar: 7.15am — 8.45am
Workshop: 9.15am — 12.15pm

Breakfast seminar: $50 + GST per person
Breakfast seminar and workshop: $150 + GST per person


Dyne, Ang, Koh (2009) discuss a framework called Cultural Intelligence, that originated in North America, and is widely used by corporate businesses as a way to connect with potential trade partners in the Asian market. This framework can also be applied in other fields or disciplines such as sociology and education. The basic premise is that, in order to obtain cultural intelligence (CQ) you must observe and follow four stages:

  1. Metacognitive CQ
  2. Cognitive CQ
  3. Motivational CQ
  4. Behavioural CQ

One of the three big ideas of the Future-Focused Education report (2012) by Bolstad and Gilbert is diversity. The use of diversity in this context focuses on the ability for education and those involved in it to be aware, engage and achieve diversity of thought, knowledge and application so that we are equipped for the future.

This begs the question - are we currently doing all that we possibly can - to equip our multicultural learners to be able to navigate their own spaces between ethnicity, identity and diversity?

This CORE breakfast session will explore:

  • The Cultural Intelligence (CQ) framework - what does it mean?
  • Ethnicity in Aotearoa - labels and libels
  • Identity in Aotearoa - how we construct and form identities
  • Diversity in Aotearoa - international and domestic
  • Treaty-based Multiculturalism - tangata whenuatanga

Who will this session be of interest to?

This session will be of interest to educators, leaders and managers (senior, curriculum, strategic planners), trustee members, employees of government sector agencies who would like to increase their cultural intelligence around dealing specifically with:

  • students with mixed Māori and other ethnic backgrounds

  • students with multiple ethnic backgrounds

  • students born in Aotearoa who have parents or grandparents from other countries

  • students not having access to their heritage language/s

  • students who need to have their ethnicities, identities and diversities affirmed in their learning contexts

About the workshop

The context in Aotearoa shows a particular separation between international students and domestic students. Aiono Manu thinks about this in terms of the traditional view that refugees, immigrants and foreign fee-paying students are often typically labelled as representing diversity. But this broad generalisation doesn’t take into account the reality of the diversity that exists in Aotearoa for its domestic students; the multiple layers of diversity that our New Zealand born students inherit.

The workshop will help us to further explore the following questions:

  • How do we move past recognising and labelling people based solely on their ethnic backgrounds?

  • How can we have shared understandings about ethnicity, identity and diversity without losing the essence of the people who embody these and live through these multicultural realities?


Since joining CORE Education in 2012, Aiono Manu has worked as the Senior Advisor Pacific Education, giving advice and overseeing matters and issues pertaining to Pacific Education across all sectors - from early childhood, compulsory schooling, tertiary and adult community education.  She has worked as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator across Aotearoa, future-focused education facilitator, and delivered tailored personalised professional learning services as a uChoose mentor to principals, senior leaders and teachers.  

Aiono Manu leads blended online Pasifika courses that focus on raising the engagement and achievement of Pasifika learners, implementing Pasifika action plans and culturally responsive pedagogies. She has also presented CORE breakfast seminars and workshops on various topics focusing on the Pasifika Education Plan and the Education Review Office Pasifika Strategy, Assessment with a Pasifika lens and engaging Pasifika parents, families and communities. Using her skills as a social anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, Aiono Manu also challenges educators to consider multiculturalism and navigating spaces of ethnicity, identity and diversity.

As a member of Komiti Pasifika with PPTA, from 2005 to 2012, Aiono Manu has been involved in creating submissions and consultation feedback for various policy documents such as the Pasifika Education Plan for the Ministry of Education, the Pacific Languages Framework for the Ministry of Pacific Peoples and the Pasifika Strategy for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

You can follow Aiono Manu on Twitter @AionoManu

Subscribe to her blog ManuScript


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