talanoa consultancy

Pacific Sport  |  Education  |  Research

Do you engage with or support Pacific Islander and Māori employees in the sporting or education workplace?

Do you want to develop increased levels of employee satisfaction, productivity, cultural appreciation, shared knowledge and competitive advantage?

talanoa consultancy

what we do

Pacific contribution in sport and education is more visible than ever before.  Talanoa Consultancy helps optimise your skills and understanding in working with Pacific individuals and groups across sporting, education and diversity management settings.    

Online Learning

Pacific Sport: Developing Cultural Competency (online course)

A global-first, self-paced online course which draws upon exclusive insights, experiences and evidence-based research from Pacific Islander and Māori academics and industry-based practitioners. Ten (10) modules include: 

  • Coach education

  • Cultural competency

  • Executive and non-playing roles

  • Pacific Women and Sport

  • Spirituality

  • Athlete wellbeing

  • Pacific cultural leadership

  • Sport business

  • Sport diplomacy and more.


Online Learning

engaging pacific islander & Māori learners in the classroom

Want to more fully engage Pacific Islander and Māori learners through differentiated strategies?  Register for this interactive self-paced online course (3.0 hrs) designed for educators. Course outline:  

  • Australian Education Guidelines: Pacific Islander and Māori Learners

  • Lesson resource guides

  • Case studies

  • Pacific cultural knowledge, expectation and perceptions

The course is explicitly aligned with Australian Professional Standards for Teaching (APST) and a NSW Education Standards (NESA) accredited course.


Professional Development

workplace training & DEVELOPMENT

Online, remote or in-person workshops or conferences tailored to organisational needs. 

Professional services include:

  • Pacific Health Check Service

  • Guest or keynote speaker

  • Program design/curriculum development

  • Cultural leadership

  • Youth advocacy

  • Mentoring and capacity building 


Research & Development

knowledge partnering

Are you seeking to optimise the skills and expectations of Pacific Islander and Māori employees in the workplace?  Book a consultation to discuss:

  • Research consultation

  • Diversity management workplace initiatives

  • Strategic management

  • Media production design planning

  • Pacific sport field production services


talanoa consultancy

about us

David Lakisa (PhD)

Dr David Lakisa has worked across private and public sectors of sport and education for the past 17 years. He is of Samoan (Polynesian) ancestry and possesses a unique blend of personal and professional experiences.

David recently completed his PhD on 'Pacific Sport and Diversity Management' at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School. He also completed a Masters in International Sport Management at Southern Cross University (SCU) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  A former physical education secondary school teacher and inaugural Pacific Islander Coaching and Development officer at New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), David was also been a sessional academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Education (2008 - 2016). He is currently a coordinator of religious education programs in regions across Australia and the Pacific.  In sum, David has been heavily involved in numerous sporting, education, government and community-based initiatives for Pacific Islanders and Māori in Australia and across the Pacific region for the past two decades.

talanoa consultancy

meet the clients


National Rugby League
David has pioneered initiatives that continue to unite and provide pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people to thrive in our game. When you combine his unique professional experiences and qualifications, he is well-placed to support organisations who are wanting to improve diversity engagement in sport.

Steve Meredith (NRL Community General Manager)
Beyond Action
Talanoa Consultancy possesses deep expertise on Pacific Islanders in sport. David consistency produces professional and high quality work in a timely fashion.
Frank Chidiac (General Manager & Executive Producer)
Teacher Training Association 
David has a proven history in creating and facilitating culturally responsive workshops and courses.  His engagement strategies and resources are invaluable.
Miles Campbell (Founder & CEO)
Wellbeing Science Institute
David's PhD research on managing Pacific athletes in professional sport provides much-needed insights and strategies into diversity management and the importance of Pacific athlete wellbeing.
Steve Johnson (Founder & Managing Director)

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