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dc.contributor.authorKailahi, Sandra
dc.description.abstractThis thesis looks at the impact of gender and culture on leadership of Tongan women living in Auckland through a creative project consisting of an online documentary, a website tool and an exegesis. The desire to do this research was borne out of a personal interest in leadership and a passion for storytelling, specifically telling stories on Pasifika women and in this case, Tongan women. It was also the discovery of limited research on the use of a participatory visual methodology combined with the Indigenous Tongan research methodology talanoa (traditional method of face-to-face conversations) that made this master’s research very enticing. Part of the approach was to see how these two methodologies worked together or complemented each other. As a co-participant, the author was able to use an autoethnographical approach that involved semi-structured interviews, a semi-structured focus group, and reflexive diaries. However, during the research it became apparent that the diaries were not going to work for the women, because of their busy schedules and this was dropped as part of the data collection. Despite this, the researcher was able to keep a personal diary of her reflections throughout the research. This is woven throughout the exegesis to highlight the journey the author went through with the women. The talanoa sessions provided rich, in-depth and personal data. The study asked the women ‘What does leadership mean to them’ and ‘what was the impact of gender and culture on their leadership journeys?’. The study presents an audio-visual baseline of what is considered leadership by Tongan women living in New Zealand. It forms the basis of a structure to move forward and will contribute to a wider discourse on leadership for and about Tongan women, and how it can be used to help younger Tongan women, or influence older Tongan women to discuss leadership in the future.en_NZ
dc.subjectTongan women in New Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectleadership developmenten_NZ
dc.subjecttalanoa (traditional method of face-to-face conversations)en_NZ
dc.subjectparticipatory video (PV)en_NZ
dc.subjectresearch methodologyen_NZ
dc.subjectindigenous perspectivesen_NZ
dc.titleTongan women talking about their lives in leadership in New Zealand : a participatory visual methodological approach to talanoa, gender and cultureen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ of International Communicationen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200208 Migrant Cultural Studiesen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200205 Culture, Gender, Sexualityen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methodsen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200210 Pacific Cultural Studiesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationKailahi, S. (2017). Tongan women talking about their lives in leadership in New Zealand : a participatory visual methodological approach to talanoa, gender and culture. An unpublished thesis submitted to the Department of Communication Studies in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of International Communication, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalPapoutsaki, Evangelia
unitec.advisor.associatedWilliams, Marcus
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunication Studies

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