The keynote-as-storied-discussion: a Pacific departure


  • Kabini Sanga Victoria University of Wellington
  • Seu'ula Johansson-Fua Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus
  • Unaisi Nabobo-Baba Fiji National University
  • Martyn Reynolds Victoria University of Wellington


keynote-as-storied-discussion, Pacific leadership, Pacific learning,


It is a rare event when senior scholars and actors in a field come together; more so when that takes place in the company of new and emerging scholars. Even rarer are such occasions in the Oceania region where distance can mediate against key players coming together in time and space. When the stars align, the opportunity must be seized. This article portrays aspects of an event when, due to otherwise unfortunate circumstances, three senior Pacific educators, scholars, and leaders offered glimpses of their experiential learning and leadership by presenting a storied discussion of leadership. The account given here discusses ideas derived from that storying. It is an examination of the form used to enact the educators’ pedagogical purpose; keynote-as-storied-discussion. This innovative way of delivering a keynote leverages the intersectional value of the tone-setting intent of a keynote, the emotional and experiential layering of storying, the pedagogical potential of woven narrative strands, and the discursive exchange of ideas.

Author Biographies

Kabini Sanga, Victoria University of Wellington

Kabini Sanga is a Pacific and Solomon Islands mentor.

Seu'ula Johansson-Fua, Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus

A Tongan educator and researcher, Seu'ula is the Director of the Institute of Education of the University of the South Pacific.

Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, Fiji National University

Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba is the Dean of Humanities and Education of the Fiji National University.

Martyn Reynolds, Victoria University of Wellington

Martyn is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Pacfic Education at the School of Education of Victoria University of Wellington.






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