Angie Enoka

Title of PhD Research:

Under the gaze: A study of the portrayal by the New Zealand print media of Pacific Island workers in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, 2007 – 2012.

PhD Candidacy:

Provisional official starting date 25 February 2013

Supervisors: A/Prof Elspeth TilleyDr Sean PhelanProfessor Frank Sligo

PhD Research Keywords:

RSE scheme, seasonal workers, temporary migration, foreign migrants, migrant workers, media discourses

Short Description of Research Topic:

My research looks at the framing of Pacific Island seasonal workers in articles published by New Zealand newspapers from 2007 to 2012. It examines the media coverage portraying Pacific Island workers temporarily migrating to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme over a 5-year period using print news reports. This piece of research will illuminate the way Pacific peoples are depicted in the New Zealand media, helping identify potentially harmful stereotypes and assumptions, and lead to outcomes of better recognition of diversity in our culture, and greater tolerance and cultural appropriateness in media depictions.

Previous Degrees:

Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (with Distinction)
Bachelor of Applied Communication

Personal Experience/Information:

Everything starts with an idea, a simple idea. That’s how my adventure starts as a PhD student. I heard stories of how people react differently to the challenges and surprises of the PhD world. It can be quite daunting but I’m taking it one step at a time. Not to mention having a full-time job on the side. My PhD experience is all about learning, asking questions and finding my voice. It also provides a starting point for exciting future research. Trying to find that gap in literature as part of an original contribution to my area of expertise is exhilarating. It is about constant learning, finding answers, seeking new information and discovering new ideas. I’m challenging myself and the work of others and to have a greater appreciation of literature. Not a show and tell “I’m a PhD student. Woah!” This PhD certainly creates a thought provoking, stimulating environment and an opportunity for me to have a say and represent the views of those less fortunate.

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