Dr David Taufui Mikato Fa'avae

David Taufui Mikato Fa'avae

Senior Lecturer


Indigenous Education; Schools (Primary/Secondary); Sociology and Education; Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Learning/Development

Pasifika/Moana/Pacific education, Philosophy of education

Qualifications: PhD, MProfEd (Hons), PGCTT, PGDipEdLead, GDipTeach (Sec), BA (Psychology, Pacific Studies)

Iwi: Ma'ufanga (Tongatapu), Niuafo'ou, Angahaa ('Eua), Satalo (Upolu, Samoa), Taunga (Vava'u), Pukotala (Ha'apai), Niue (Alofi)

Papers Taught

About David Taufui Mikato

David engages in critical research across the disciplinary boundaries of Education, Pacific studies, and Critical Indigenous studies. His thinking and writing focus on intergenerationality and decoloniality, and the tensions, contradictions, complexities, and nuances associated with implementing Indigenous Moana/Pacific/Pasifika methodologies and methods within dominant Euro-American-centric research contexts. His use of vā theory of relationality continues to shape his research doing, seeing, feeling, and being and becoming at the intersections of culture, gender, race, and class. Often, David utilises critical autoethnography (CAE) as an approach to interrogate and unfold the place of 'self' and inter-subjectivities in-between/within/amongst diverse contexts in education and the wider society.

Research Supervised

  • Tereapii Solomon. Intergenerational success stories of Cook Islands students in Tokoroa. (UoW)
  • Patricia Anne Bevins. Climate change education: Empowering young people to take informed and intentional action to become agents of change. (UoW)
  • Pennie Togiatama-Otto. The successful narratives of Niuean scholars. (UoA)
  • Dassia Watkins-Matavalea. Applicability of Pacific pedagogies and concepts of health and wellbeing in multicultural tertiary learning contexts. (UoW)
  • Siosaia Sisitoutai. Lotu as a site for exploring educational leadership for Tongan parents. (UoW)

Research Interests

David's research interests are primarily in post-qualitative and post-human research, with particular emphasis on Critical Indigenous Moana/Pacific/Pasifika intergenerationality and decoloniality.

His teaching interests are in Moana/Pacific/Pasifika education, Pacific studies, Critical Indigenous research methodologies and methods, Sociology of education, Initial teacher education, and Educational leadership.

Recent Publications

  • Karamercan, O., Matapo, J., Kamenarac, O., Fa’avae, D. T. M., Arndt, S., Irwine, R., . . . Del Monte, P. (2022). Engaging and developing community in digital spaces: Approaches from the Editorial Development Group. Educational Philosophy and Theory. doi:10.1080/00131857.2022.2041412

  • Fa'avae, D. T. M., Fehoko, E., & Vaka, S. (2022). Fakakoloa as embodied mana moana and agency: Postcolonial sociology within Oceania. New Zealand Sociology, 37(1), 93-119. Retrieved from

  • Rubin, J., & Fa'avae, D. (2022). Navigating literacy teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand through the lens of Tapasā. In National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR): Reimagining Literacy Research for Social Change. Virtual.

  • Rubin, J., & Fa'avae, D. (2022). Tapasā: An invitation to decolonize literacy teacher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In AERA Annual Meeting: Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century.

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