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Australian Pasifika Educators Conference

Pasifika Connections - Strengthening, deepening & expanding our educational relationships. 

1 Dec 2023, 8AM

2023 APEN

Friday 1 December 2023

8AM - 5PM

Western Sydney University 

Parramatta South Campus

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The APEN conference will offer a range of activities, including inspirational keynote speakers, engaging workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a celebration of Pasifika culture.

A celebration of diversity and collaboration to enhance educational experiences for Pasifika students and educators.


A unique event for Pasifika educators, practitioners, and representatives from the Australian education sectors.

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Jane Sio, Bronwyn Williams

Western Sydney University

A Decade of Transformative Impact: The Journey of the Pasifika Achievement To Higher Education (PATHE)

Dr Vaoiva Natapu-Ponton

Griffith University

Navigating Whiteness in Education utilising Pacific Methodologies.

Tia Suemai, Taua Suemai

Charis Mentoring Inc.

Navigating Aspirations - Supporting the wellbeing of young people in Education

Theresa Tupuola-Sorenson

Pacific Kids' Learning

Digital storytelling: ia fai ma va’aiga a fanau [through the eyes of our children]

Amanda Moors-Mailei, Christine Afoa

University of Technology Sydney

Insights from the 2023 Pilot of the UTS Pasifika Professional Mentoring Program.

Giorgio Di Scala, Mekiafa Oli

Chifley College Bidwill Campus

Fa'asamoa Bidwill.

Joseph Tutonga Houghton

University of Canterbury

Exploring Synergies in Pasifika Research Methodologies for Sustainable Education in the Diaspora.

Holly McAlister, Dr Suzanne C Hopf, Professor Sharynne McLeod

Charles Sturt University

Listening to Pasifika children: Applying Pacific research methodologies to child-focused participatory action research

Aniva Tuiletufuga-Nickel

Miller Technology High School

Together = Success for our Pacific Island students.

Christine Afoa

University of Technology Sydney

UTS Pasifika Tautai Leadership Program: Culturally responsive education for empowering Pasifika high school students.

Raymond Savaiinaea, Agene Tema, Zephaniah Tevita

Broady Kata

Victorian Department of Education

Teacher Expectations and Pasifika Students in Australia.

Stewart Lemalu

WP Engine

Embracing Diversity and Finding Purpose in Our Education Journey.

Rose Fuapago Vunileva

Bennett Road Public School

Empowering Pasifika Students and Strengthening Community Bonds: Real-Life Strategies from Our School.

Emele Ugavule

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

Ceguva: Indigenous socio-temporality, student wellbeing and engagement in performing arts education.

CLUE. Create Learn Understand and Educate.

CLUE. Create Learn Understand and Educate.

Dr Alexandra Diamond

University of South Australia

Recognising translingual expertise in a small, rural Indo-Fijian community.

Te Ariki Te Puni

Education Perfect

EdTech and the promotion of Pacific Languages in schools: Te Reo Māori and Gagana Sāmoa on Education Perfect.

David Latianara, George Dansey

Manifold Global LTD PTY

Nurturing Holistic Wellbeing: A Journey of Faith, Culture, and Rugby.

Dr Suzanne C Hopf, Kate Daellenbach, Holly McAlister, Prof. Sharynne McLeod

Speech Pathology, School of Allied Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences, Faculty of Science & Health, Charles Sturt University

Understanding language socialisation practices of Pacific Island Families in Australia with young children: A preliminary case series.

Full Agenda

Download the final agenda.



Buses stop right outside our campus on Victoria Road, Rydalmere (opposite Rippon Avenue). Bus routes include M52, 520, 521, 523, 524 and 525.


Catch the train to Parramatta station, then it’s a short walk to our Parramatta City campus at 169 Macquarie Street. From there, our free shuttle bus will take you to Parramatta South campus.


Take the James Ruse Drive exit

off the M4. Entry is via Victoria Road. If you are driving Eastbound on Victoria Road and are in the left-hand lane, a safer way to access campus is to turn left at Bridge Street and use the overpass to enter Parramatta South campus.

Conference partnership opportunities

Are you looking to get involved via sponsorship, a trade display or another method?

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