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Lea Lani   Kinikini Kauvaka

Independent researcher
Pacific Community
EU PacTVET project (Tonga)
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Managing co-owner of SustainablePOLY (meaning "sustainable MANY") a collaborative consulting company based in Oceania working in resilience heritage education. Oceania is Resilience. We help make community knowledge the centre of resilience practice.

We provide partnership training, management and educational program design and evaluation services towards creating investment-ready project and programme pipelines for governments and local partners working in the private and not-for-profit sector of marine, conservation and climate change.

​Using innovative methods and culture based frames, with a strong track record of creating online learning programmes, SustainablePOLY consultants work with government and community partners to create innovative, responsive, integrated cross sector training programs and impacts in climate change adaptation, bio-diversity, community based management and sustainable livelihoods.

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Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Australian Association for Pacific Studies (AAPS)
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
Pacific History Association (PHA)
Geographic administrative areas
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  • Masters Research (2003 to 2005)
    Narrative Survival in the Tongan Diaspora — University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • PhD Research (2006 to 2009)
    Māui's Sons: a genealogy of return — University of Auckland
    meditation on life writing, genealogy of place and forced migration
  • Collaborative Project (2010 to 2011)
    Co-Founder — The Motuha Project
    Early conception project of Sustainablepoly working in climate adaptation and resilience in Haʻapai Tonga
  • Teaching Experiences (2011 to 2014)
    Lectuer in Pacific Studies — University of the South Pacific
    Lecturer, online "Pacific Worlds"; Postgraduate Chair of Pacific Studies
  • Consulting Work (2015 to 2015)
    Leadership Education Specialist — East-West Center
    Co-Director of Pacific Islands Leadership Program (PILP) with Taiwan
    Consultant for Women in Leadership (WIL)
  • Consulting Work (2016 to 2018)
    Country Coordinator — Pacific Community (SPC)
    EU PacTVET project
  • Collaborative Project (2016)
    Collaborative consulting projects in Vavaʻu and Haʻapai Tonga
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