Born in London but raised in New Zealand, the half-Welsh Paul Janman is an Auckland writer and filmmaker. Early studies in history and philosophy and an interest in Buddhism and martial arts caused him years in Europe and Asia. Back in NZ, he entered into anthropology and street theatre before becoming bemused and inspired by Herakleitos and Andersonian Realism. After two years under ‘I. Futa Helu at ‘Atenisi Institute in Tonga, he made the film Tongan Ark – a series of paradoxes and an interventionist model of documentary-making that has both elated and disturbed audiences around the world.
- "In contrast with the emphasis of a world of measurable results, it is the relationship between knowledge and the community of knowers, as well as the natural world, that is as important as the utilitarian final products of knowledge."
- "As he once said during a graduation speech: ‘Oggi, tutti sono in fiori—today, everyone is in flowers!’ "
- "The conservative ‘Atenisi avant-garde thus exposes the anxieties and the ironies of contemporary cultural politics as well as problematic discourses around freedom and innovation."
- "Taboo can be beneficial in some cases [."
- "It turns out that the word also means to bathe and it is related to the word ‘au’au, which means scraping or unwrapping."
- "‘Atenisi has remained at the vanguard of Tongan education for more than 45 years."
- "By unwrapping the idol, Tongans had exposed an important truth."
- "Informed by his teacher John Anderson’s disdain for any form of engineering, it was as if he was quite happy to go down with the ship as long as his dignity and purity of intention remained intact."
- "We need an educational system anchored in the classics and the objectivity provided by the scientific method—an education with a distinct character, a distinct morality and a distinct way of doing things."
- "Acceptance and Thy will be done As an ‘Atenisi advocate, I was often frustrated by Futa Helu’s almost complete rejection of planning and his fatalistic attitude to his school’s apparent languishing state."