Mr Tapua'i Fa'amalua George Tipi

MED, PGDipEd, BEd, DipTchg


Tapuai Fa’amalua Tipi is a lecturer in the School of Critical Studies in Education and has been involved with some research projects in his areas of interest. He currently is the Head of Programme for the Foundation Certificate Education programme at the Faculty of Education Epsom campus and lectures in a variety of papers within the faculty.

Research | Current

When the Sun Goes down: What helps or hinders professional Pasifika rugby players to transition out of professional rugby and into successful further careers

Teaching | Current

  • EDFOUND 14F: Introduction to the New Zealand Education System
  • EDFOUND 17F: Pasifika Academic Literacy
  • EDUC 118: History and Society in New Zealand Education
  • EDUC 113: Current Issues in Education


Head of Programme: Foundation Certificate Education Programme

Areas of expertise

  • Adult Education
  • Foundation Education
  • Bridging Education at Tertiary Level
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Digital technology and teaching
  • Social networks and learning
  • Blended learning pedagogy

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Involved with community based initiatives helping to establish a Pasifika language nest in Waitakere City in West Harbour; Auckland - Leataata O Tupulaga Preschool. Other education projects within the Waitakere Community are in the pipeline to be actioned
  • Representative on the Health Board for Westfono for the Samoan community of Waitakere
  • Involved with improving health and education for Pasifika people in West Auckland

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tipi, F. G. (2013). When the sun goes down. What helps or hinders Pasifika professional rugby players to successfully transition to another career pathway when they retire from professional rugby The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland. Related URL.
  • Tipi, T. F., & Jesson, J. (2008). From digital essays to the formal model, building the capability of digital natives. Paper presented at E-fest 2008 Connected Learning, University of Auckland. 8 September - 10 September 2008.
  • Tipi, F. G., & Jesson, J. G. (2008). From Digital essays to the formal model, building the capability of digital natives. Paper presented at eFest Connected learning, Sky City Auckland Convention Centre. 8 September - 10 September 2008.
  • Bartley, A. J., Passells, V. M. H., & Tipi, F. G. (2008). Bridges to tomorrow: Mapping the work/life/learning histories of students in bridging education. In L. S. Woodcock (Ed.) Change and Challenge in Education (pp. 441-454). Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley
  • Bartley, A. J., Passells, V. M. H., & Tipi, F. G. (2006). The Bridges to Tomorrow Research Programme. Paper presented at Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI. 6 January - 9 January 2006.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 205
New Zealand