Intercultural understanding is required for effective intercultural education. The education of Pasifika students (those with cultural and/or family ties to Pacific Islands) living in Aotearoa New Zealand is a negative case in point. Research has linked Pasifika educational achievement to the quality of relationships between teachers and Pasifika students, but has generally stopped short of framing the discussion through Pasifika concepts. This article explores the concept of va (relationship/relatedness) for its potential in telling a relational story in Pasifika conceptual language.
Asmat is located in the delta area of Southern Papua, the easternmost part of Indonesia. The culture of the indigenous people of this area, the Asmat, is focused on sustaining balance in the universe: Asmat believe in a connection between humans, their environment and the spirit of the environment. This article aims to determine the feasibility of transferring a decision- making framework created specifically for the Aotearoa New Zealand context to the geographically, politically and culturally distant context of Asmat.
Urbanization creates impervious surfaces which reduce natural hydrologic functions and result in channel erosion, loss of property and habitat degradation. Sustainable design and management adopts a more holistic approach to conventional methods. Various techniques for sustainable management are Low Impact Development (LID), Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and Low Impact Urban Design and Development (LIUDD).