Published: May 1, 2019

Download: Life Course Centre Working Paper: 2019-11


Ruth Lute Faleolo

Non-Technical Summary:

My PhD study focuses on the well-being of Samoan and Tongan groups living in, and moving between, Auckland and Brisbane. This research seeks to capture the voices, perceptions and experiences of these migrants using a mixed methods approach (both qualitative and quantitative data) that incorporates indigenous research methods (Pacific Island frameworks based on cultural knowledge and protocols). This working paper presents a viewpoint on the labour mobility experiences of Pasifika diaspora in Auckland and Brisbane. This discussion was initially presented at the AAPS ‘Tides of Transformation’ conference held in Cairns (1-3 April 2016) to a panel: ‘Mobile Labour, Mobile Lives.’ The paper was further developed and presented at a workshop symposium: ‘Labour Lines: Indigenous and Pacific Islander Experiences of Labour Mobility in Australia,’ hosted by Deakin University in Melbourne (22-23 June 2017).

This paper discusses the Pasifika notions of well-being that have influenced their decisions on where, and how, they will participate in the labour market. This discussion contributes to the current advocacy for a more contextualised and holistic consideration of well-being within well-being literature. This paper offers a conceptualisation of well-being that has been defined by Pasifika themselves. This definition of well-being relates to the Tongan concept of moui ‘oku lelei and the Samoan concept of ola magaia; both holistic notions of ‘a good and happy life.’ This is an important acknowledgement of indigenous knowledges within the well-being dialogue. This paper further highlights the importance of familial connections across Pasifika diaspora communities in Australia and New Zealand.


May 1, 2019