Areti Metuamate

Areti Metuamate

PhD Scholar
Pacific and Asian History


B.A. (Hons 1), M.St., MACEL
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Areti Metuamate

Research and Academic Background

Areti is an Indigenous Pacific Studies scholar completing his PhD thesis on Kingship and kinship - The House of Tupou, democracy, and transnationalism in Tonga under the supervision of ARC Laureate Professor Margaret Jolly. Areti's interest in his PhD topic stems from a broader interest in leadership and governance in New Zealand and the Pacific.

Areti is also an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at The Cairns Institute (James Cook University), and Kairangahau (Researcher) for ARRK Ltd New Zealand, an organisation undertaking research in relation to claims by iwi under the Treaty of Waitangi. He is a member of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies, the Pacific History Association, and the Forum for Indigenous Research Excellence.

Professional Background

Areti works full time as an Executive Officer in the ACT Government and his previous professional experience includes: Senior Advisor in the Cape York Institute for Indigenous Policy and Leadership, Vice Master of Wesley College at the University of Sydney, Deputy Head of Toad Hall at ANU, Public Relations and Communications Consultant with Awaroa Partners (NZ), Strategic Policy Advisor in the Office of Treaty Settlements (NZ), and Private Secretary in the New Zealand Parliament.

Areti is a member of the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and the Asia NZ Foundation Leadership Network.

Service at ANU

While studying at ANU, Areti has held a number of roles including Member of the Sport & Recreation Council, Member of the University House Board of Fellows, Founder of the ANU Wine Society, Tutor of the Pacific Islands Field School to Hawai'i, and Fellow of Fenner Hall. He served two terms as President of PARSA and as a member of the ANU Council (2010-12), including time on the Academic Board, the Honorary Degrees Committee, and the Board of Governors of the ANU Endowment for Excellence. He was also an editor of Woroni, ANU's student newspaper.

In 2014, Areti was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Special Commendation for Outstanding Service to the University, and in 2011 was part of the Pasifika Australia team awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Community Outreach.


Metuamate, A. (2015). Walking the Line between Anga Fakatonga and Anga Fakapalangi. In Political Life Writing in the Pacific edited by Jack Corbett and Brij V Lal.

Metuamate, A. (2013). Review of ‘Tonga's Way to Democracy’ by Ian Campbell in The Journal of Pacific History. 17 September.

Metuamate, A., Walsh-Tapiata, W., Rikihana, T., Webster, J., Warren, KT., Kiriona, D. (2006). Maori Youth (Rangatahi) lead positive social change in identifying health issues. In Commonwealth Youth and Development Journal. V4 No 1.

Conference Papers

Metuamate, A. (2013). ‘Mana – a Tongan/Maori perspective’, at the New Mana Symposium, ANU. 20 September.

Metuamate, A. (2013). Writing the Life of King George Tupou V of Tonga, at the Tonga Research Association Conference, AUT, Auckland, NZ. 11 July.

Metuamate, A. (2012). Oceanic Kingship and Biography, at the Political Life Writing Symposium, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 18 October.

Blogs/Online articles

Metuamate, A. (2017). Tonga's King uses final 'check and balance' dissolving parliament. In Dev Policy Blog. 26 September.

Metuamate, A. (2015). Elections boost democracy in Tonga, but what about the economy? In East Asia Forum. 20 February.

Research reports

Ngati Raukawa Historical Issues Research Project: Rangatiratanga versus Kawanatanga, Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry. July 2017.

Whaia te Hauora o nga Rangatahi Report, Te Runanga o Raukawa Incorporated. 2006.

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