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Talanoa he vā māfana: an indigenous Tongan approach to leadership

Paea, Mele K. and Manu'atu, Linitā and Rohorua, Halahingano T. and Rohorua, Fred and Fa'avae, David and Paea, Sione (2023) Talanoa he vā māfana: an indigenous Tongan approach to leadership. Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, 76 (1). pp. 374-392. ISSN 2463-641X

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Based on a study of Tongan leadership practices in the New Zealand Public Service, a question was asked as to what could be an appropriate approach to exploring leadership from a Tongan perspective. This paper discusses talanoa he vā māfana as a concept useful in developing an approach upon which to explore the ideas of leadership that are exercised by Kakai Tonga (Tongan people) across given contexts. Drawing upon Tongan language and culture, talanoa he vā māfana is unpacked through three different ways or forms of talanoa – talanoa mo e loto (talking from the heart and soul), pō talanoa (peaceful dialogue), and talatalanoa (ongoing dialogue). Talanoa he vā māfana extends beyond the existing talanoa research approach, enabling conversations that engage with and embrace the loto, heart and soul of the people. It also provides a Tongan perspective on, and new insights into qualities of meaningful leadership within non-indigenous organisations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Office of the PVC (R&I)
School of Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics (STEMP)
Depositing User: Mele Katea Paea
Date Deposited: 26 May 2023 01:03
Last Modified: 26 May 2023 01:03

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